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Old 03-04-2011, 02:51 PM   #16
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Get one yourself. We had our realtor recommend one and I think he was fair for the most part, but after 4 years I now know there were things that he probably sugar coated to help the realtor make the sale. For example, he said the roof should last 10 more years. We are replacing it his year... Leaks from skylights. He never actually went up on the roof and just looked at it from the road with binoculars, which isn't necessarily wrong, just not thorough enough. Hire an independent inspector and ask questions about thoroughness up front. They should physically inspect everything up close and test/measure everything. Be there for the inspection, take a ton of notes (video if they don't mind) and ask lots of questions. Pay for a second opinion (another inspection, structural engineer if needed, etc) if any doubts. The little money additional is small potatoes compared to buying something without being informed and prepared for what lies ahead.


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Old 03-04-2011, 03:31 PM   #17
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You should never hire someone referred to you, by someone who has a vested interest in the outcome.
How long do you think a Home Inspector would be getting referrals from a Realtor if they lost sales commissions because of critical inspections.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:46 PM   #18
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I'm saying that home inspections sourced by a Realtor or a bank are suspect because some home inspectors pull their punches when their client is a bank or a Realtor.

We just bought a house, and there were two home inspections done. The first was done on behalf of the trust that owned the house. They wanted to know what needed to be fixed before they put the house on the market. The second was done for closing. Interesting differences between them. The first is much more thorough.
Agreed whole heartedly, kinda misread that the first time.

When its all said and done there is usually more said than done
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:51 PM   #19
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Home inspector only can help you with obvious things. I had inspector and he missed so many code violations.

As everyone has suggested replace things you should do on a schedule.

I would add water quality improvement i.e. softener, whole house filtration if not already present. Big thing would be replacement of energy inefficient items.

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