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By Michael Russell | Agent in 75006

The house looks good, the seller says everything's fine so why..

So why bother with a home inspection? There are many things that even a seasoned professional can't catch by looking. Good home inspectors have many tools in their bag to look for issues. They also are knowledgeable in local building codes and how the property you are under contract to buy measures up. IRC code certifies inspectors. In my opinion, when purchasing a property if it is possible be present at the inspection. Inspectors form an opinion, based on examination, of the houses systems. For further info you can check: CMI(certified master inspector), A.S.H.I.(American Society of Home inspectors) or ashi.org  , nahi.org and other references. Best of luck and get it inspected early during your option period! 


By Michael Russell,  Sun Apr 18 2010, 19:28
The basic premise is: if the seller, your mom, your lender, your agent, your title company, get the picture whoever advises you not to get a home inspection when you are attempting to purchase real property is wrong!
By Michael Russell,  Fri May 14 2010, 19:39
So the next logical question is how to you choose an inspector? What are your interview questions? Some sample questions might be: how many inspections have you done, what is your background(construction, trade, etc.), will you actually be on the roof in the attic and under the house(if applicable)? unfortunately trulia has no category for inspectors but other sites do(ex. zillow). Your Realtor might have a list, title company, and/or local chamber of commerce.

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