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Hiring a Home Inspector? Ask These 10 Questions

How to make sure the pro who performs your home inspection is properly qualified and insured, so you can protect your big investment Full Story
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Dominic Esser
My wife and I bought our first home about 2 years ago and had a Home Inspector recommended from my boss at the time. He seemed pretty legitimate and for our 2,000 sq. ft. home did spend roughly 4 hours doing the inspection and even wrote a detailed report with pictures. He did mention quite a few things, a couple of which we investigated further like boring beetles and a structural issue (which I pointed out to him) I was able to follow him around like a lost puppy which was great, unfortunately I was not able to follow him under the crawlspace. About 2 weeks after we moved in we found out that not only was the drain pipe to the washer not even close to code, the pipe draining from our kitchen sink was draining straight into our crawlspace. When our washer drain flooded, we found out that part of our house wasn't even on a foundation, but just on a gravel base. Roughly 1 week later when our water main broke we figured out we had 3 gas leaks under our house which the inspector also missed. Turned out that the inspectors warranty was only good until 7 days after the inspection!
All in all, we were pretty naive as first time homeowners, but have definitely learned some valuable lessons to take with us into our next home buying experience.
July 21, 2014 at 8:15am     
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As a former Realtor I've seen my share of both good and bad inspectors. IMO the best source is a friend or family member who has recently purchased a home. If not and your agent is trustworthy ask them for 3 names.

May I also suggest if the property you are purchasing doesn't come with a home warranty you purchase one. This way you'll be ready for any surprises.
July 21, 2014 at 10:39am     
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