Home Inspections – Two Views

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments

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”.

Are building inspections worthwhile? 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.

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