Wow, so many angry/disgruntled topics and posts present in this group.
Are there people passing themselves off as "qualified home inspectors",
when in fact, they have little to no formal/practical training or
Are there people just going through the motions with little concern for
providing their client with an accurate report as to the condition of
what is most likely the largest investment in a lifetime?
There are also thousands of well trained, dedicated and experienced
professionals who know that:
a) the client must receive an accurate, complete and unbiased report in
a timely manner upon conclusion of the inspection.
b) the client is relying on the information provided by the inspector
to make, what is typically, the single largest investment decision of
c) the client is the boss and the inspector has a moral and legal
obligation to serve only their client's interests.
and most importantly,
d) the client (knowingly or unknowingly) may be relying on an
inspector's diligence and knowledge to identify and report
conditions/issues that may be a potential threat to life or limb.
Now someone out there may be saying, "Awww come on.... that's just
playing on people's fears. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to
scare people into a home inspection." I speak from first hand
experience that conditions and issues like that exist out there in
homes that would seem "perfect".
And to those who would tell others that a home inspection isn't needed,
you can do it yourself, or its a waste of money? You may be willing to
dismiss someone's well-being (family, financial or otherwise) so
easily, but rest assured, home inspectors are striving every minute to
seek out and identify those issues and exceed the client's
Do your homework before you make your choice. You should be confident
in your home inspector's abilities, knowledge and desire to ensure you
receive an accurate and concise report in a timely manner. There are
thousands of home inspectors across the nation who
know the value of the profession's integrity and honor it everyday.
Home inspectors whose clients have entrusted them with the
responsibility of providing a vital information tool to aid in one of
the largest decisions of their lives.
I, like many, take great pride in being a home inspector. Our
integrity is very much alive and well. It may be that some of you have
encountered an inspector very much like some the houses we crawl in,
under, over and through... even in a great neighborhood, you can run
into the occasional "fixer-upper".