I was called and asked to do an inspection on a house being sold by an individual who is a practicing Licensed Architect and Class A Licensed Contractor. His company advertises "Design and Build." I was also told the house was quite remodeled and gorgeous.
This could not have been a more disappointing inspection, given the build up.
This is representative of the kinds of things I found during the inspection. My report was three times longer than the normal report, for having to write about all the improper and/or dangerous things I discovered while there.
Inspectors will notice about seven things wrong in this picture. What they cannot see is that the new disposal (builder grade, 1/3 HP) did not have putty under the support ring and no connector clamp where the cable enters the unit.
There is a previous AR post about connector clamps:
Now, any Class A contractor should at least know how to install a disposal. At least!
Things like this went on an on. Little things and big things. I actually said "Dammit" when I looked into the panel box. I NEVER say dammit, or anything else like that, especially on home inspections and in front of clients. Honestly, I don't remember the last time I even said dammit! And at that point I was only about half way through inspecting the basement! Already we were all fed up. I was very disappointed because so much was frightfully wrong.
This seller probably passed all the Virginia Class A Contractor test questions about proper wiring and appliance installations. That is not an easy test! And here he is trying to sell things like this to other people. Well, my first-time-buyer clients backed out. They, too, were very disappointed.
My recommendation: Even though a listing might be advertised as having this or that benefit, get a home inspection. You just never know...