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Old 05-03-2011, 10:05 PM   #91
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I think a lot of contractors dislike holmes because you see him on TV going around telling people "this is the right way to do it" and just doesn't hold back from having an opinion on anybody. I"ve worked with guys running jobs 3x bigger than what holmes does, and they can point out errors, or where he freaks out about something however it's not really a huge issue as he makes it seem. He's just not all that he makes himself out to be. He is knowledgable, however he's not perfect (nobody is) and so his made for TV personality of "i'm right this is how it's done"- When proven wrong, makes it that much easier for him to have dislike taken to him.

Personally I don't mind him, however I don't believe what he does is reflective of reality- as in very few are going to have a "holmes inspection" and then pay the amount of money they spend on that show-unless they are planning a very major renovation and have that budget.

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Old 05-03-2011, 10:10 PM   #92
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Only thing about home inspections- I had one done on my place when buying it, to help with negotiating the price.

I would say it was adequate, however I felt for the amount of money I paid it wasn't worth it, was pretty pricy for the amount of time spent, which was less than two hours. Maybe that was just my experience, like anything else, i'm sure some are better than others.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:13 PM   #93
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I'm just saying, people should not take everything they see on these shows as the absolute right way to do things. Holmes is one of the better ones, but not even he does everything right. Vila was the worst I ever saw, with Dean Johnson a close second. DIY network had a series on flooring a few years ago that had many good ideas but went about many of them wrong.
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Hi there , I am also keen to watch the Holmes regularly.This is really a very good learning and practical too . No all the things go favorable but it does work.
English isn't your first language is it.
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English isn't your first language is it.
"Vila was the worst I ever saw."

Most English/grammar teachers would recommend or demand this statement be written as, "Vila was the worst I have ever seen."
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dpach, whatever axe you have to grind with Bud, I wish you would just come out with it. Not that it has anything to do with the topic at hand. I'm not going to sit here and read Bud getting ripped after all the good advice he has posted here without saying something about it. . .
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English isn't your first language is it.
I'd bet dollars to donuts that flip's mother-tongue is Mandarin or the like. Chinese-speakers always have a hard time dealing with English tenses (Chinese doesn't have any) and all our superfluous (to them) nouns and pronouns.

That said, I'd say flip's doing a good job - the important bits are there so I have no trouble figuring out what he/she means (although that might be because I'm fluent in Chinglish ).

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I've sifted through 7 pages of this and still don't know about Dean Johnson......c'mon Bud!!!
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Only thing about home inspections- I had one done on my place when buying it, to help with negotiating the price.

I would say it was adequate, however I felt for the amount of money I paid it wasn't worth it, was pretty pricy for the amount of time spent, which was less than two hours. Maybe that was just my experience, like anything else, i'm sure some are better than others.
Two hours is pretty quick - I average around 3.5-4 hrs on a typical small house.

That said, did you "make money" on the inspection, based on negotiation with the seller over the defects discovered?
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This reminds my of the good ole CB Radio days.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:24 PM   #101
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This reminds my of the good ole CB Radio days.
HaHa I remember those days. Mid to late 70's I believe, at least in my area. I had one for a while in my senoir year of HS. It got old fast. And then I couldn't give the thing away. One major difference though, you can actually learn something here. It is interesting though how sometimes a thread can take off in some bizarre direction like this.

I posted much earlier that Mike Holmes should out some of these contractors that screw people out of their money by doing such a poor job. I thought of something more constructive though for his next original series. He should approach some of these bad contractors and pay them to come onto the show and be educated in then proper way to do things as they are renovating some poor slob's house that has had a lot of poor fixes over the years.
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Two hours is pretty quick - I average around 3.5-4 hrs on a typical small house.

That said, did you "make money" on the inspection, based on negotiation with the seller over the defects discovered?

Well it's a one bedroom condo. He did go up to the roof and have a look.

I did get it cheaper, but more because I lowballed the price (within reason) and a lot of the fixes were cosmetic-whoever laid the laminate did an atrocious job, and the cabinets were junk, just a handyman special.

Worked on it for a month before moving in.

He did find some stuff, such as some moisture beneath the tile in the bathroom which helped the sale come to think of it. He had a moisture meter so he could take a reading. Based on the age of the bathroom I would have guessed, hadn't been grouted in quite awhile. However still nice to have it in writing.

However he missed the fact that the slab backslopes towards the building, and the drain was in the wrong spot. After I moved in I lifted the pavers outside my slider door and discovered a pool of water, and the membrane was all bubbled, etc. The drain was put in a high spot

It was fixed by strata at no cost to me ,however I am dissapointed that for a little over 500 dollars the guy couldn't be bothered to lift up a paving stone. I didn't check this stuff because I assumed that with a home inspection I would have nothing to worry about, pay someone else to do a very thorough job and play it safe.

I hired him because it was my first place and I was told by everyone that it was really important, especially since it could help negotiate and close the deal. I will not hire one again, I could have done a more thorough job and saved myself 500 dollars. Live and learn.

I found him through a referral from family. I won't refer him to anyone else.

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Old 05-05-2011, 10:19 PM   #104
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^^ Inspectors are really hit & miss.

One of my sons bought a house last year, using an FHA backed mortgage.

The idiot inspector made them paint a patio in the middle of the back yard, but he didn't see a 8"x10" hole in the roof (not an exaggeration!), nor did he see a problem with the dead-bolt missing from the entry door. The list goes on and on.

Anyway, as with most things, some are good and some are bad. Then there are those that are really bad...
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