House Settled, 1 Home Inspector Missed It, 1 Didn't, Why?

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Home Inspector with Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.

Every Home Inspector should find at least the major issues of every house.  When you have 2 different Home Inspectors inspecting the same property, at least the major issues that exist on that home should be found by both Home Inspection Companys.  Right?  At least that's a reasonable assumption.

So why is it that Home Inspection Company A, who has a very favorable relationship with lots of real estate companies and is known for never being an alarmist, can't seam to find that a house built in 1995 has an entire living room on the front half of this house sloping downhill 1 1/2" spanning approximately 13'6"?  Or that the basement floor has a large crack in it running parallel to the foundation 4' in from the front wall and from that crack to the foundation, the floor slopes downhill 1 1/8"?  There were parallel cracks in the basement floor similar in front of the other 3 foundation walls also.  The floor sloped downhill 1/2" to 3/4" in those areas.  When you simply walked across the basement floors, you started walking lopsided within that 4' range of the foundation on all 4 sides of the basement.  My 8 year old son would have noticed something so basic.

Then there was the home inspection reports.  I spent 3 1/2" hours inspecting the house and spent a good 2 hours typing up all of the detail in the inspection report totalling 43 pages.  Their inspection report was a whopping 12 pages long.

The kicker: In their Basement section of the report, they had placed an 'X' for Acceptable for Flooring.  They placed another 'X' for Acceptable in the Interior section of their report for Flooring.  They found no structural movement in this house.  Or maybe they did, but found it "Acceptable" and didn't bother reporting it because they didn't want to alarm anybody.

I am so sick and tired of all of the pay-to-play relationships between home inspection companies and real estate agents in Omaha.  Home Inspection Company A is neck deep in these unethical deals.  Over half of the United States finds these sleazy relationships to be illegal.  I just wish some day Nebraska would wake up!  Until then, Buyer beware!

To make sure you don't end up with Home Inspection Company A in the Omaha area, make sure you hire a real Home Inspector that works for his clients at http://www.omaha-home-inspection.com

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Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
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Well done! One of the shortcomings (in my opinion) of many home inspection firms is that they are too busy entering information into their datasheets, smartphone, tablet or laptop... to get the report out at the end of the inspection. Like yourself, I take the time after the inspection to prepare the report back at the office. Site time is too valuable to waste on data entry.

Dec 07, 2017 07:08 AM #1
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Phillip James Timothy

I'm glad you're working for buyer and protecting not only the interest in the house but also their savings account.Potential home buyers need to do due diligence when hiring home inspectors.I'M glad to see there is still a home inspector that has not only the experience but,the integrity to do a proper Home Inspection.Keep up the good work Greg.

Dec 07, 2017 07:18 AM #2
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Greg Wayman
Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc. - Omaha, NE
ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701

Thanks Eugene!  I couldn't agree more.  In my area a majority of the inspectors are more focused on pumping their report out before the agent & client shows up for the walk-thru than they are actually doing a good inspection.  Their brief and vague checklist reports are solid proof of that.

 

Thanks Phill!  I appreciate when someone recognizes the difference between a Home Inspector that's truly doing his job and looking out for the client's best interest and those other inspectors that are either inexperienced, too naive, or have lost their ethics in the quest for pleasing agents to make more money.

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