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What is the meaning of serviceable in a home inspection report?
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Dictionary definitions of serviceable include “fulfilling its function adequately” and “functional and durable rather than attractive.” “Serviceable condition” is often used as a generalization in inspection reports to mean that the item appears to be satisfactory, if not perfect, when a more specific description of the condition would be more helpful to a homebuyer.
It’s not a word we like to use, although sometimes we refer to a roof as “past the end of its serviceable lifespan,” meaning that it is badly deteriorated, beyond the point where repair is a practical option, and replacement is recommended.
Also, see our blog post What makes a house fail the home inspection?
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