You have the nail on the head. Hopefully other people will read these posts and learn from the "experiences" of others.
I would add that perhaps a video, and/or stills would become valuable in the future, assuming we end up in trouble with the structure. Whether or not you wish to video "with" the inspector, or if he would allow himself to be video'd, is up for grabs.
Sorry, you are having this issue at this time. Hopefully, all is ok, and you paid for what you got.