Good inspectors will notice telltale signs of serious problems, but I agree
that if a problem was recently covered up it will be difficult to detect.
On a side note, I saw a consumer show on TV that hired 3 competent
professional inspectors and had them go through the same house separately.
All 3 reports were significantly different, problems were picked-up by some,
but not others, some known but hidden problems were not detected. Then they
had the 3 inspectors meet to try to reach an agreement. It was fun to watch
the discussions, there were some very different opinions about what was
major/minor depending on the specific experience of each inspector. Each had
some good useful advice.
In conclusion, I think that any inspection will have some hit and misses,
and that in the end it's up to the buyer to be confident enough to take the
risk or pass on the property.
First off a good home inspection should take far longer than a couple
In my experience the hidden and not-so-obvious problems are the ones
that need to be found because they are the ones that will cost the
most to fix and are usually the most hazardous. I've walked through
houses that have been "inspected" and it seems that most of the
inspection time was spent poking a moron meter into every plug in the
house to check for polarity. Paying someone $300.00 to stick a $25.00
meter into every plug in the house seems a bit much to me.
If the home inspector isn't qualified to comment on the state of the
complete electrical system, the hvac system, the plumbing system, the
foundation, the roof, the structural system, then what good is that
inspector? If all the inspector does is walk through a house, tell the
buyer some plugs may be wired incorrectly, point out a drippy faucet
or two, and say the dwelling needs a smoke alarm, then that
"inspector" is an unqualified idiot who needs to go to work as a door
greeter at Wal-Mart.
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