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    Default Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    Is it important to list the type of material something is made of?

    I understand saying copper plumbing vinyl siding, concrete walk… But is it important to describe what the sink, tub, garage door, windows are made of?

    What do you guys think/do?

    Thank you for your help.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    Standards of Practice require that certain materials be listed. In addition to that, I think being more descriptive where you can do it accurately and efficiently can be helpful.


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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    If your SOP requires that you identify materials, then do so. Otherwise do so only if there is a pressing need to do so AND you know for certain what they are. Assuming that all of the plumbing in a house is copper, or that all of the wiring is aluminum, or that a wood-like flooring material is actually wood, just for a few examples, can get you into trouble.


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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    The State of Wisconsin's SOP says "The home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following". The SOPs specifically state what items you are required to report the construction of, such as plumbing pipes, foundations, etc. Windows, doors, and fixtures are not included for listing types. If you do list what they are made of, you could get into trouble if you label them wrong, such as saying a fiberglass door is steel. You could end up buying the new owners a steel door.


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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Jarvis View Post
    The State of Wisconsin's SOP says "The home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following". The SOPs specifically state what items you are required to report the construction of, such as plumbing pipes, foundations, etc. Windows, doors, and fixtures are not included for listing types. If you do list what they are made of, you could get into trouble if you label them wrong, such as saying a fiberglass door is steel. You could end up buying the new owners a steel door.
    Thank you everyone!

    Where can I find Wisconsin's SOP?

    I'm changing my report to streamline it. There are a lot of things in the inspectit report plus program that are not necessary and might set you up for trouble.

    Thanks again everyone!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Krueger View Post
    Thank you everyone!

    Where can I find Wisconsin's SOP?

    I'm changing my report to streamline it. There are a lot of things in the inspectit report plus program that are not necessary and might set you up for trouble.

    Thanks again everyone!
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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Krueger View Post
    Thank you everyone!

    Where can I find Wisconsin's SOP?

    I'm changing my report to streamline it. There are a lot of things in the inspectit report plus program that are not necessary and might set you up for trouble.

    Thanks again everyone!
    Never mind- I have a copy of the wi sop and ashi's.

    Thank you


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    Taking what AD said a step further.... The word "visible" goes a long way.

    "visible pipes"

    "visible floor framing"

    etc

    It's undoubtedly stated in your contract and/or SOPs but it doesn't hurt to mention it once more in the report. If nothing else it reminds folks that we can't see inside the walls..... since they seem to forget that from time to time.


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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    Good point Matt.
    I do mention this in my reoprt.

    Thank you
    mk

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Fellman View Post
    Taking what AD said a step further.... The word "visible" goes a long way.

    "visible pipes"

    "visible floor framing"

    etc

    It's undoubtedly stated in your contract and/or SOPs but it doesn't hurt to mention it once more in the report. If nothing else it reminds folks that we can't see inside the walls..... since they seem to forget that from time to time.



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    Default Re: Is it important to list the type of material things are made of?

    I would say if your SOPs require it and if you know for sure (e.g. without a doubt). You could be sticking your neck out by saying what you think something is, and it turns out to not be what you think.

    Even if your SOPs require it and you arent completely sure (100%), note it in the report and move on.


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