I am in the process of obtaining my home inspection certification and licenses in two states. I am a licensed master electrician and a certified HVAC technician by trade (25+ years).
The heart of the typical complaints stem from the legal requirements the state places on the inspector, specicially for being accountable for any errors and omissions made during the inspection. This forces the inspector to disclose even the slightest issues. Also, the state mandates compliance to national inspection standards. The inspector CAN NOT act as an expert at any given specific trade. If he feels that an issue exists, he must defer the buyer to an "expert" in the field. This is simply a company licensed in that field or possibly an architect or professional engineer.
One state, Tennessee, even specifically mandates that I DO NOT render any type of opinion on a critical subject such as pest infestation. Even if I find evidence that leads me to conclude a house is infested, I can not disclose my "opinion" to the buyer. I must simply recommend they contract a licensed exterminator to assess the home for pests!!! I can not state I believe it is infested, or that I have found evidence of a typical infestation, I only can recommend they contact a licensed exterminator for an inspection.
IN most states you or the seller will be responsible for paying the buyer agent a commission with in a time frame. You may want to seek legal advice on this question, http://www.mnhomescontractfordeed.com/ramsey-county... more