Of late this home wholesaler has been selling a house on rent. The real estate professional also suggested that the buyer should get the house checked for defects by a professional inspector. He agreed. The amount you are charged for such an inspection is decided by the size of the house. This price varies from $200 to $500.
The realtor suggested hiring a professional inspection company recommended by his brokerage. The seller agreed to give the new firm a try, even though his past experience with another firm had been excellent. Some days later, a meeting was arranged where he met the two inspectors and the realtor at the house. He has learned from past experience that it is necessary to discuss any problems that have been discovered and the probable cost of repairs.
In order to carry out a fair inspection, the inspector appointed should not be in the maintenance business. The hired inspectors had a notebook computer with them, which they used for noting down the results of the inspected items. The dirty inspection work like climbing on the roof, into the attic and crawling under the house were done by one of the inspector. The other inspector had little physical work and noted down the problems on the notebook computer.
The wonder that the computer is, the work was done within a day and the report was ready. Speed of obtaining the written report can be especially important when a buyer is relying on the inspection results for deciding whether or not to proceed with the home purchase. Most realtors now recommend their home buyers obtain professional inspection reports. The main reason for this is that the realtor and home seller don?t want to be accused of failure to reveal home defects to the buyer. If the buyer knows of a defect but elects to proceed with the purchase, then the buyer has no recourse against the seller or realtor.
The retailer discovered that the so called professional inspectors were far from perfect. The inspectors appointed by the realtor discovered only a small leak at the furnace?s gas valve and a few loose roof shingles and a faulty window crank. The seller called for a furnace repairman and had the furnace inspected by him. Just to see if the repairman had not missed something, the next day an inspector from the gas company came but he too was unable to find anything wrong.
After some days the seller accepted the buyer?s sale offer for the house, the consumer hired a general contractor to assess it. He didn't find anything wrong with the house except the few loose roof shingles, the malfunctioning window crank, some garage wiring he said should be inside a conduit, and the lack of a junction box between the new and the old wiring in the attic. The first inspector did not notice the plausible risky electrical flaws in the attic.
When the first inspector was asked for re-inspection, he admitted his fault for having overlooked something of this magnitude and the item was corrected by an electrician. However, the inspectors agreed that the house was not fixed to the foundation. The seller could not believe this and asked the seller to inspect it closely.
So the contractor inspected the house and found that it was bolted according to the 1955 standard. However, the standards of 1955 were outdated and tougher standards are required today. Now even though the inspection was made, we saw in this case it is not a 100% guarantee.
The American Society of Home Inspectors or ASHI considers providing talented professional inspectors as its duty, sets high and tough standards for its members and also conducts exams and supervised inspections. Although, you cannot expect that being an ASHI member will guarantee you 100% correct inspection, but it does indicate a minimal inspection experience. An inspector is actually liable to the court if his detection was not up to the mark and he missed something very important in the house. Like, most inspectors check the house chimneys however, until it has obvious flaws, they would ask for a chimney inspector for his expert opinion.