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The Seven Most Costly Misconceptions About Home Inspections – Misconception #3

 Misconception #3: One inspection is as good as another inspection.  One inspector is as good as another inspector.  One inspection company is as good as another inspection company.

“No.  You will want to make sure the inspector or inspection company has the experience to take care of you.  Many people think of home inspection companies as a commodity.  This can be a major mistake and leave you holding the bag or in this case a house with problems that are expensive to fix or unable to be repaired.

“The bad news is that home inspectors can receive the highest possible license “Professional Inspector” without ever having actually done any inspections.  Or, as in the case of the State of Michigan where there currently is no licensing, all that is needed to inspect a home is a screwdriver and a flashlight.  Pretty scary and hard to believe, but we see it happen every day.

“Again I will give you some questions to ask here in a minute that will help you avoid this dilemma when calling companies to choose your inspector.

“One thing that can help you here also is if the company has several inspectors and has an in-house training program to keep the inspectors up to date on current issues and problems.  The in-house training program is designed to constantly test even the veteran inspector to help keep him from falling into complacency, which I have seen many one man operations have to deal with over the years.  Many one-man veteran shops simply believe they have so much expertise that they stop looking as close as they really know they should.

“No question, the best direction to go is with a larger company that has been around for years, that continually trains its inspectors and even if something does go wrong you are better off.  A one-man operation can simply file bankruptcy and or go out of business.  The larger companies are going to be more inclined to fix problems and take care of you so they can be here tomorrow.

“Some people believe that the one-man operation cared more because it is his business – however the owner of a larger company has even more at stake and wants to make sure you are given the best inspection possible. 

Coming Soon:

Misconception #4: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

Misconcetions You Might Have Missed:

Misconception #1:  You should wait as long as possible before getting your home inspection.

Misconception #2:  You don’t need a home inspection if you are getting a home warranty. 

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by: 

Dawn Wilder  at Ace Home Inspections

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3 responses

  1. I agree with you 100%. I have seen so many incompetant inspectors in my day. I am always amused when two different inspectors inspect the same home and come away with different findings. As a buyer agent one would hope the Realtor would be picking someone who will do a good job and not someone they know is too forgiving of issues.

    December 4, 2007 at 11:54 pm

  2. Thanks for your comment. We, too, have found there is a huge difference in how homes are inspected. One of our inspectors used to work for a national franchise home inspection company. Since he had experience, we thought it would be merely two weeks before he was trained. It took two months. It wasn’t any incompetence on his part; he commented that we did so much more than his former company ever did. We take pride in exceeding our clients’ expectations and providing consulting long after they have moved into the home. Best wishes to you!!

    December 5, 2007 at 1:10 pm

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