THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOME INSPECTOR AND A "COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR".

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Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOME INSPECTOR AND A "COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR".

MISLEADING HEADLINES SHOW NEWSPAPER IGNORANCE OF THE HOUSING INDUSTRY!

A staff writer for THE DENVER POST, has a very misleading headline to an important article about a tragedy involving a contractor and a MUNICIPAL INSPECTOR. 

This tragedy did not involve a HOME INSPECTOR and by writing the headline as he did, the consumer is mislead to believe that a HOME INSPECTOR's negligence, along with the negligence of the contractor led to the deaths of a family of four.

If you read the below headline, what would you think?

Contractor, home inspectors indicted in carbon-Lennmonoxide deaths of family  By Jason Blevins

Fact is, there was no HOME INSPECTOR involved in the matter.  The following indictments reveal no mention of a private Home Inspector. 

"Marlin Brown, owner of Roaring Fork Plumbing & Heating, and now- retired City of Aspen building inspector Erik Peltonen were each indicted on four felony charges of criminally negligent homicide. The two, as well as Brian Pawl, a Pitkin County building inspector, also face misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. The indictments were announced Sunday."

FURTHER COMMENTS are enough to send chills down the spine. 

"Mordkin said the home, which was for sale for $8.95 million, had been approved for residency by county inspectors in 2005 or 2006, roughly a year after it was built."

"At some point, the building-inspection process broke down",Mordkin said.

THE ARTICLE FURTHER STATES: "The Lofgren family, in a statement, said the criminal charges and pending civil action "will send a clear message to contractors, and building inspectors and even manufacturers of heating equipment to ensure that such senseless carbon-monoxide deaths are prevented in tHome Inspectorhe future."

Since there was no mention of a real estate agent.  If there was a contract offer for this home, a Home Inspection should have been completed before any prospective buyer spent the night in the property.  Inspecting for safety is paramount for any home inspector I've known.

NOTE TO CONSUMERS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND SELLERS.  It's a good idea to NOT rely on municipal building or code inspections for the quality of construction.  HIRE YOUR OWN HOME INSPECTOR AND GET AN OBJECTIVE AND THOROUGH INSPECTION OF ANY HOME YOU PLAN TO BUY. 

And do it BEFORE YOU SPEND A SINGLE NIGHT INSIDE THE PROPERTY. 

Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988

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Mike Saunders
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Lenn - very misleading headline. Having dealt with many municipal & county inspectors in a previous life, I feel assured in stating that home buyers, both for resales and for new construction, need to hire a qualified home inspector before taking possession.

Jul 29, 2010 04:20 AM #7
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Jim & Cathy Wood Greater Nashville Area Real Estate
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Very misleading, I agree

Jul 29, 2010 04:25 AM #8
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Jim & Cathy Wood Greater Nashville Area Real Estate
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Very misleading, I agree

Jul 29, 2010 04:26 AM #9
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Leslie Ebersole
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Lenn, I wonder how this home got through the sales process? I wonder what the contract looks like? Our contract has a section that the seller signs that warrants that carbon monoxide detctors are installed and operational. You might expect this kind of problem is a slumlord or bank sale of a proeprty, but an $8.95 million home? What a sad situation.

Jul 29, 2010 04:46 AM #10
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So much for fact checking, right?  I remember in my journalism days that fact checking was HUGE.  Guess not so much in this age of instant information.

Jul 29, 2010 05:03 AM #11
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Lenn, New home buyers get a false sense of security with a new home, thinking that there should be nothing wrong, which is not always the case. If the builder is reputable, there is a good chance that there will be nothing wrong, but when they hire their sub contractors, there can always be an area of non-overlap where each of the subs, think the other will finish or check the job. When a qualified and certified home inspector looks at the work, they check everything and as with this case, if there is a problem, they havea good chance of finding it. Most building inspectors are concerned with code violations and don't always check out the installations for proper operation.

Jul 29, 2010 06:05 AM #12
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John Mulkey
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Lenn - While there aren't enough facts in the article to understand what happened, the report certainly misleads the casual reader who may only skim through.  Regarding the county/city inspections process; in most areas it's severely lacking as inspectors spend very little time in each home inspected.  As a builder I always recommended that my purchasers use a home inspector, knowing that a through inspection also protected me.

Jul 29, 2010 06:25 AM #13
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Ed.  I've specialized in new home construction for decades, since about 1990.  What I have found is that the buyer is going to be limited to area/price and the quality control of the builders in that area will have to be taken as face value which is why the buyer ALWAYS needs to have at least a pre-drywall home inspection.

Chris.  Indeed.  The bar has been lowered significantly.

Leslie.  Indeed.  We have better quality control over our little $half million dollar homes.

Jim and Cathy.  Very misleading.

Mike.  I didn't want to say that, but in certain areas of my market, the last person I would rely on is the municipal inspectors.

Maureen.  You are absolutely right.

Phil.  It would appear that the writer doesn't know the difference. 

George.  You bet.  If I were a home inspector in that area, I'd be demanding a retraction and clarification of the publisher.

 

Jul 29, 2010 06:31 AM #14
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Lenn

Great post. Every home new and resale should be inspected before the home is closed.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 29, 2010 08:20 AM #15
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Lou.  Sadly, that is true.

Jul 29, 2010 08:21 AM #16
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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The sad thing is he impression the headline will leave on the public. We know many only read the headline and consider it factual!

Jul 29, 2010 08:52 AM #17
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Lenn, Every buyer either agrees to an inspection or signs paperwork waiving the inspection. This is a sad, sad thing that a family had to pay with their lives for someone elses oversight. This could have easily been avoided.

Jul 29, 2010 09:05 AM #18
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Mike Saunders
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Lenn - I know what you mean. I had to deal with county inspecters all the time in a previous job and often had to point out where their requirement changes were a violation of code, especailly N.E.C. On the other hand, I have also worked with many who knew their stuff. I have had no bad dealings with muni- or county inspecters here, but have had some exceptionally good dealings with home inspectors.

Jul 29, 2010 09:14 AM #19
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Lenn - Every home, whether new or resale should have a home inspection to make sure everything is fine to the buyer's satisfaction.  You can not rely on county or town inspectors.   The article is very misleading but that's the media wanting to create hype on the news. 

Jul 29, 2010 09:25 AM #20
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Gary.  That is my concern.  Home inspectors are getting some undeserved negative press here.

Wanda.  Indeed.  This is not only a case for home inspections, it's a case for responsible journalism.

Mike.  I've had some good experiences with county inspectors too.  Getting U&Os is a talent and I've done a number of them.  This is about the headline in this paper.

Rosalinda.  You bet.  Every home where folks are going to live needs a home inspection for safety if nothing else.

Jul 29, 2010 10:46 AM #21
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BRAVO!  I highly recommend it here especially the way they slap up homes here!  Just because you are buying new doesn't mean it is quality!

Aug 01, 2010 06:22 AM #22
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Renee.  You bet.  The last new home I sold had about 20 serious defects discovered in the pre-drywall.

Aug 01, 2010 08:36 AM #23
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The failure of the media to make reporting responsible is sad...just as it is to make consumers believe that what happens in one area is what is happening locally. Municipal inspections and home inspectors are as we know very apples and oranges...new doesn't mean flawless.

Aug 02, 2010 11:31 PM #24
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Like many things, the quality of journalism today is not what it used to be.

Regarding the content of your post, I agree.  Quite often a licensed home inspector will find flaws and issues out-of-code that the local building inspector will miss.  It is another troubling aspect of our business.

Aug 03, 2010 01:29 AM #25
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Sally and David.  Apples and Oranges indeed.

Kathryn.  HA!  Not only do county inspector miss, they issue the U&O often without even flushing a toilet.

 

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