I hate to sound wishy washy, but good home inspectors are worth it, and bad
home inspectors are not.
OK thanks that was a lot of help!
We, my wife and I, purchased our first home years ago we were very green, and
trusted the realtor to find us an inspector. Later we found out that we should have
was present when the inspection was taking place. Well to make a long story short
6 months later we found some serious problems, that nobody would claim. We
contacted the inspector to came back out to look at the problem only to say “that
was not there, when I inspected the house. “Yeah right! Major lesson learned.
On our new house we bought many references for a new inspector and found a good
one. He inspected two houses. The first one, he basically told us, in his politically
correct diction that he is required to use, that it was junk. And we ran! The second, I
was there, and I persuaded and prodded him to look at everything. He was with me
for about 6 hours. I felt very comfortable about purchasing the house.
He was kind of expensive, but he came highly recommended. I spoke with others
that were consider cheaper but I just did not have a good feeling about them.
So is a home inspector worth it? I say a resounding “yes”! You are about to make one
of the largest purchases of your life, have as much back up as possible. Do not – I
will repeat – DO NOT leave it up to them. When you hand him a check and he leaves
it is your sole responsibility, you are the homeowner. You look where he looks,
you take your own flashlight. you own pictures. Ask tons of questions and ask some
more. They are trained in this for their living, but they are human. They also have a
sheet for you to sign saying that if they miss anything they are not held
responsible. Do not let that scare you, it is standard procedure (to cover theirs
“humanness.”) So you better come to the inspection prepared.