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Originally posted by schuyler
My cousin was a house inspector for many years, His background is in engineering. As you might suspect, he was very good at his job, but he also did not cheat and find things wrong that weren't. Indeed, if he had, he would be liable. In every report he had a large amount of boilerplate text spelling out what the paramaters of his inspection were and offering no guarantees. I have no problem with you wanting an anal inspector, but if by using the word "anal" you really mean ssomeone who will exaggerate problems, you may be out of luck. In most states inspectors are state licensed. You should expect them to be thorough, but not expect them to give you an advantage. Besides, as a homeowner they have the right to refuse the deal as well.
I've been on both sides of this issue as a buyer and a seller and I must say that neither side is all that much fun.
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
if you find a house you like....visit it at all hours of the day and night.....that is the only way to get a feel for the neighborhood....contact the local PD and ask about crime and the neighborhood...
Originally posted by Evolutionsend
reply to post by pityocamptes
If you go with an old house things like lead pipes, asbestos, cracked foundations, and delapidated overflowing septic tanks can cost a ton of money. Best to be super careful regardless of age.
Originally posted by pityocamptes
Not really, anal is in by the book. For example, I know some inspectors that are ex army corp of engineers. "By the book", if they so chose, they can literally measure the distance between nail heads on a wall, offsets, material thickness, wire composition, etc. The homeowner can refuse the deal, but under contract they will be obliged for a set period of time. I'm not trying to be dishonest, I am trying to be fair on price, however..and lets face it, most of the sellers today are still living in bliss...