Join Date: Oct 2013
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Liability Of Condition Reports
I have been in this industry for a long time. I have always laughed when someone tried to attempt to get me to do something at my cost for failing to report an issue. Mind you there were only a few in over a decade of completions but I still would not tolerate it. A Condition Report is basically a courtesy being it is not a billable item. My rebuttal was basically a matter of it existed or they were just insane. For example- I received a work order to provide a bid to remove a collapsing porch roof/overhang. I submitted the bid and it was approved and completed. Two months later they came back telling me that I had to install a new roof at my cost being I did not bid to install a new one. For one, they didn't ask for that bid. Two, it is quite obvious a new one would be needed and that is just a lack of common sense that you failed to think of if it when requesting the removal bid. Thirdly AND MOST IMPORTANT, the mortgage company needs to complete their own due diligence on THEIR property.
The ones with the condition reports are more complex and too much to type but it is the same concept. The PCR's are basically a quick overview of the house however they hold the liability of a $300 Home Inspection. Everyone should put in the comment section of the PCR - "We can not guarantee that any conditions have not been overlooked. This is not a paid service and we are completing this report as a courtesy while completing paid services at the property. If you would like a binding, detailed inspection there will be a fee of $100-$300."
I would really like to see all PP vendors to start standing ground and stop taking the abuse. This nonsense does not fly in the real construction industry and nor should it here. I will be pushing this on all of the PP forums and try to get everyone to instill to these nationals that WITHOUT US, YOU DO NOT EXIST !!! Come on everyone, stop bowing down to the greedy, whip cracking companies that play these games and do not respect the vendors. I cant do it myself. Just do it in a professional manner.