The autopsy...I mean home inspections done that you have run in to in your real estate travels.Are they mixed, varied or very similiar? Had a Maine real estate closing today and the buyer commented on the home inspection. His last one he said the inspector went over the top with detail but more important what he is looking at doing in five years, how to do it and approximate costs. Have you seen home inspections where whether a Ground Fault Interuptor (GFI) electric outlet is noted or not, and little details on a cracked single pane window in the garage but the more important areas are glossed over or even not mentioned?
Have you seen the post mortem, I mean home inspection report prepared by an inspector that was estatic over the color scheme or other factors that really are not the nuts and bolts of the property "physical"?Was the obvious on a quick walk thru noted but something else missed or not addressed ? As real estate brokers and agents that tour a place many times, each time more is learned, noticed or figured out on why someone did this or that in construction years ago. The real estate home's symptoms hint at the bigger illness or issue. Check those floor stringers with a knife to see if they are doty, punky and deteriorating. And how long are your inspectors at a single family residential property on an average size in town lot from your experience? What is the cost involved? In your state what are the licensing requirements for home inspectors.. 120 class room hours, or experience in the field as a contractor given as hours logged under your belt out in the real work doing surgery on home problems day in and out to make a living with the tools of the trade?
Are some of the reports a big Bob Vila report on building 101 in a thick binder but the actual property under the microscope, the details pertaining to the actual property is a one pager? A series of check marks. Nice book and impressive information but not hitting the target like you had expected? Tradesman in particular areas that work in the field day in and out, year after year are hard to beat for getting to the facts, the problems, the cures. Don't get me wrong, a sense of brevity, humor about roof shingles in one section around the chimney looking like reindeer played games there. That beyond normal aging or wear and tear happened while the flying deer hitched to a toy filled sled, waiting for Santa to finish up the cookies and egg nog below got out of hand. The herd was chomping at the bit, kicking, pushing and not listening to Rudolph and shingles are missing or torn. That means roof work needed before next winter snow and ice happens again. Also, more and more national home inspectors are using video to show the problem areas and discuss remedies, costs involved.
Being with the inspector during the tour is HUGE. Here is a friendly video home inspection approach of dissecting a home that has been viewed 24000 times. Also, the connection of your real estate broker to the home inspector..you want someone indepedent and not beholding to individuals that provide that inspector with the bullk of their business referrals so make sure it is objective. If the property has a problem, you want to know BEFORE the sale so remedies can be worked out. Or the deal derailed rather than a lawsuit later because parties are accused of knowing but brushing over the ten foot pole marks. You want, need to see the evidence of an earlier fire, or shoddy workmanship to cover up a bad surgery hiding bigger problems that come back to haunt after the real estate sale.
Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers