Intending home-buyers often ask about pre-purchase home inspections. Usually the questions relate to whether the cost of the inspection can be justified, and whether a purchaser has any recourse against a building inspection company if they “get it wrong”.
The following two articles may assist consumers in assessing the value of the pre-purchase inspection. While they are written from the American/Canadian perspective, the issues they raise are universal.
In “Hidden Glitches, Future Trouble; Suprise! Home Inspections May Overlook Serious Problems” Anne M. Makilton describes the experience of Michelle and Kelly Tierney: “The Tierneys’ experience should be a warning to home buyers: Know what you get, and what you don’t, from a home inspection…”
And in “Home inspections a wise investment” Shelly Sanders Greer explains that: “…a reputable inspector can help you understand your house from the ground up; will closely examine plumbing, electrical, foundation, roof, interior and exterior; show you how to avoid future problems; and alert you to issues that need to be addressed.”
See what the two authors have to say, and you be the judge.