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

Reblogger Don Rogers
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

This post has so much truth to it.  I think that our buyers, especially of, new construction should have an independent building inspection of the home.  In OFallon Missouri you have time to get a building inspection and any other inspection, at you expense, that you want.  I suggest that you take advantage of this clause in the contract.

Thanks Lenn for this important reminder.

Original content by Lenn Harley 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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Ted J. Macy
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Many home buyers do not realize the difference and think that since the county inspected a new home they don't need an inspection.  They could not be more wrong.  It is our job to educate them.!!!

Jul 29, 2010 03:20 AM #1
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I couldn't agree more. As professionals, we won't point fingers but we again and again find examples of why our 3rd party inspections are so important in helping protect people and their investments.

Shows like "Holmes on Holmes" have been brining issues like this to light...and they have actually mentioned a home inspector at fault a couple times on that show, but more often than not it's other inefficiencies in the building approval process and/or owners not realizing or doing all they can to protect themselves. So it's really all about educating and letting people know that there are people out there they can enlist to help them.

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Lenn always has some amazing blog posts, Don, so thanks for the reblog!  Incredibly interesting article and it is SCARY!

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