Not Reporting Damages
When you visit a property you need to go into your super-critical inspection mode. You may find it best to pretend you are with the owner, looking at a property you are considering purchasing. Since the owner is walking right beside you, find as much fault as you can with the property. Every fault you find is what you need to document for submission to HUD.
Since property preservation contractors are “fix-it” kind of people, they tend to not consider some issues as “damages”. HUD does. As far as HUD is concerned, a half inch tear in a screen door is damage; a missing faceplate is damage; loose siding is damage; peeling paint is damage. I think you get the idea: if it’s not good as new it probably needs to be reported as damage.
Yes, this is a lot of trouble. At times it seems like the better you do your job, the more work it creates for you. Well, the upside is that you should bid to repair all of these damages.