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WishICouldAffordThat

To all: yes, there are incompetent inspectors, dishonest inspectors, lazy inspectors....just like there are incompetent, dishonest, and lazy contractors, homeowners, doctors, insurance agents, politicians....humans. In our city, those inspectors are despised by the "good" guys, and they rejoice when those idiots get fired, or quit because the job is too hard for the low pay they receive. They would rather go back to a well-paying plumbing job. Pity the homeowner who gets that plumber! Contractors know which inspectors are reasonable and fair, and will often cancel their inspections if they find out that morning that they have a jerk coming to inspect, hoping to get a better one tomorrow. That can work either way, good or bad, because bad contractors will cancel an inspection until they get a guy they think they can manipulate. But as long as people are involved, there is no way to ensure that all people in a position of power are competent and reasonable. Unless you want to develop robots to do your inspections. And your building.

My advice is, get informed. Home building or remodeling is not for the lazy or faint of heart. And, never hire the "friend of a friend" unless you accept the risk of that person being one of the shysters. The expression "I know a guy" (shades of Pawn Stars) should give you pause. In life, but it seems especially the building trades, remember the phrase "you get what you pay for".

Ha ha - my husband can never recommend a plumber, for fear of being accused of favoritism, or for liability issues. But, having heard many, many tales of woe and stories of fabulous work - someone can ask ME, and I have no problem telling them which plumber I would hire around here!!! :-D

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-Dr. Derrick

At Durham Designs,

Wow, now that'll be cool! Gotta love Joan and the (original) Mad Men cast. I'll never forget when Peggy went to the doctor and he was smoking while conducting her check-up! Crazy, right? Anyway, I want the footage from your event :)

   
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-Dr. Derrick

WishICouldAffordThat,

Wow! Though it's sad, yet true, I still find it difficult to believe that some contractors fear inspectors. Of course there are various attitudes out there and on any given day, those 'tudes can meet head-on and ultimately the homeowner suffers. My thing is this, as long as the work is done according to code, there shouldn't be any problems at all, right? I find it deplorable that a contractor would cancel an inspection due to the inspector. Hell, I'd say the more stringent the inspector (within reason, of course), the better off I'll be! If your husband is as great as you say he is, then I hope he continues to do great work and set high(er) standards for others to follow despite the proverbial uphill battle with some contractors (and some other inspectors) because at some point, we must do better with our work ethic. There's a reason who so many foreign-made products almost litter store shelves and it goes beyond price: higher quality!

It's gotten to the point that I have no idea who to trust anymore and I'm not all that willing to spend money on rolling the dice as it were. But I'd opt for the more stringent inspector and learn from him or her. Again, do the job right and according to (more than) minimum code and there shouldn't be a problem... right?

Oh and robots have built better cars far more efficiently than humans have and they don't take smoke breaks :) However, until Asimov's Laws empirically tested, I guess I'll just have to do my own due diligence and check behind both contractors and inspectors and if either feel they've secrets to hide from me about their jobs (as it pertains to my home), then I'll fire their azzes, put the word out, and then look for better versions.

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