You might not be able to see the entire roof, but a partial inspection is better than nothing. Be sure to disclaim what you did not see. Typically, you would either inspect or not inspect an individual roof face. If it is only partially visible, record it as not visible.
A more recent trend, Kuffa noted, is the home sellers inspection. Consumers are becoming more savvy when it comes to real estate. They know that to get top dollar, they need to ensure that their homes have as few problems as possible before listing.
The main obstacle in reviewing the A/C is the outdoor temperature. As we all know, you should not operate an A/C unit (or heat pump in the cooling mode) when the outdoor temperature is below about 60°F or you risk damaging or “slugging” the compressor.
As a home inspector, it is important to understand the differences and procedures for the various types of roofs you will encounter as different types of roofs have different materials that the inspector needs to be familiar with.
Install a programmable thermostat that can reduce the heat at a specific time when you are away from home and raise the heat before you get back for dinner. Having the heat at a higher temperature when the home is not occupied by anyone is inefficient, so automatically having it raised and lowered at certain times will save time and money.