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Seth’s Thoughts

Candidly, I often say that most inspections are a big disappointment, to put it mildly.  With such a big investment, no one wants a poor inspection.   The quality of the inspection is all based on the quality of the inspector.  I tend to say, the best in the industry stand out in education and experience.  They have greater depth of vision and know how to discern what is major from what is minor. 

  • Education: they know how a house is built and understand when there is a significant structural problem with the house.  For this reason, I prefer to use a general contractor who has built homes with that license. 
  • Experience: they know what problems to look for and are familiar with various symptoms that reveal major problems.   Consequently, I prefer inspectors that are always learning and have done inspections for many years. 

For an introduction to the major systems evaluated, see this list

Interview with a good inspector

Better than my thoughts, I asked Scott Fuller, a home inspector and former builder, to state what he thinks makes a good home inspector:

  • They know and understand the home in which you are investing.  So, choose a licensed inspector with a construction background who has the experience and understanding of how homes are designed, built and should function. 
  • They know how things can go wrong, where, and what short cuts are made during construction; this gives an advantage when determining areas of the home that are not built or functioning as they should.  So, choose a licensed inspector with a round skill set in the construction and home building process.
  • They have attention for details.  There are standards of practice for the inspection process. However, it is how the inspector performs the standards that make the difference.  So, choose a licensed inspector with attention to detail.  This may well include a specially-designed report with digital photographs that clearly and specifically identifies the problem areas.

Scott concludes that the purpose of a home inspection is to uncover the defects in the home in order to provide you with the information you need so that you can better understand the home in which you are investing.

For more, see: www.scottfullerhomeinspectionservices.com

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