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We had a buyer purchasing a home on the Northeast side of Ann Arbor. The home was built in the late 50's to early 60's timeframe when Orangeburg pipe was very common so we recommended that they have a sewer line inspection.

(All buyer agents should be recommending this but I'm guessing many designated buyer agents don't because they don't have the experience to know. This is an example of a typical difference and why many larger brokerages hide behind designated buyer agency.)

For information on Orangeburg: http://www.sewerhistory.org/grfx/components/pipe-orng1.htm

This home happened to have Crock pipe.

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Jon Boyd, Broker/Manager
The Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor, Inc.
1908 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Comments (4)

Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector
Great information. Thank you for posting it.
May 08, 2008 04:42 PM
Randy Rhodes

Cool video,

I was just searching the net looking for more info about sewer inspections. We are about to purchase our first home and a family friend suggested we get a home inspector, sewer inspector, and chimney inspector.

Anyone know of a good resource for finding these inspectors?


Thank you


Oct 05, 2008 08:24 AM
Jon Boyd
Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent


Good question. I assume you aren't looking in our market or I could give you some specific recommendations.

In general:

The first choice for information would be a real estate professional at a company you have hired to work for your needs exclusively. If the real estate company takes listings they should recommend a different inspector for a seller's needs than they would for a buyer's needs. Unfortunately most real estate agents and companies get confused about who they are representing, and are often dual/deisgnated agents. (Companies who try to represent both buyer and seller,  a major conflict of interest). So, you may not be able to get a good recommendation from a real estate professional.

As a second choice an ASHI inspector. (American Society of Home Inspectors)

We recommend you only consider inspectors who have done at lease 2,000 inspections.


Note: Any decent inspector will have some real estate agents who hate him/her. Don't let that be a major consideration.

Note 2: The most "popular" inspectors in any given market are typically the "quick and easy" inspectors preferred by most of the real estate industry. Stay away from these guys.

Good luck!


The Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor, Inc.
helping Ann Arbor real estate buyers http://buyersagentannarbor.com/
1908 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Ann Arbor's Most experienced Exclusive Buyer's Brokerage!


Oct 05, 2008 08:38 AM
Sewer Camera Inspection of Maryland

Fantastic article Jon!

More and more realtors are realizing the benefit of providing there clients with this information.  As a former estimator for a national plumbing company I can tell you first hand that roughly 80% of my sewer line replacement sales were with homeowners that had been in the house less than two years.

Vincent Smith



May 10, 2010 07:44 AM