Today I received an email from a client with this excerpt:
In the process of renovating the .... house the contractor discovered the little dip in the living room floor that you found was actually quite a big problem. When they went into the crawl space to shore up that area they discovered that the entire roof beam was being held up by one 2x4 that was slowly sinking. If that hadn't been discovered, he says eventually that 2x4 would have snapped and the entire ceiling could have come down.
Whew! Disaster averted: by you. Many thanks for your attention to detail."
I represented these clients in their purchase a few months ago. No one had noticed (or mentioned) a dip in the floor until I did my agent's visual inspection and informed the buyers. They put a 2-day property inspection contingency in their offer, did some preliminary investigation and decided to move forward with their purchase.
They are happy with their home, but it could have had an entire different outcome.
Reminder: always pay attention to the details!