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Steven, Other/Just Looking in 76126

Home inspector recommendations from recent buyers?

Asked by Steven, 76126 Mon Dec 31, 2007

We may be close to purchasing a home in Benbrook and have not had any luck finding a good home inspector. We've had one recommendation but they seemed fairly incompetent. We do not know anybody else to ask for recommendations since we're new to the area. Do any recent home BUYERS (not interested in agents' recommendations) here have a recommendation?

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Sorry you don't want agents input because they use inspectors at least twenty times more often than a regular buyer. Make sure the inspector is using the standars form-a client brought in their own inspector once and it was handwritten and so unclear we had to get the details from looking at the house and counting bad windows. Tghe inspection being precioe and clear will make it possible to write a very clear repair amendment to the contract.
Good luck in you search and please call if you change your mind about professiona; I use. There are two I recommend all the time.
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Whenever you choose an inspector, ask them for 3 referrals of the most recent jobs. Good inspectors should be doing an average of 1-3 inspections per day. So the referrals should be very recent. Talk to the referrals and go from there. Also, you can ask them for the template they use on their report.

If you have specific concerns about anything in the home you want to buy, you may want to get a specialist in that field to look at it. If the foundation looks obvious that needs work, hire a structural engineer. Most inspectors are not licensed in any particular field so they cannot give you a 100% clear bill of health. They will tell you to "have a licensed HVAC technician look at it, or a "professional roofer" or "foundation specialist" etc...

Your new home is a big purchase and spending extra money on inspection is well worth the investment.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2007
Hello Steven,

I would be happy to help you find an Inspector in your area if you desire. I am a Professional Real Estate Inspector and started the first, and only, working NACHI chapter in Texas. No, I am not biased towards NACHI as associations do not make the Inspector, ethics, knowledge and hard work make the Inspector.

As for associations they are a good place to start your search. You can search on the NACHI site at http://www.nachi.org, the ASHI site at http://www.ashi.org and the Texas Association Of Real Estate Inspectors at http://www.tarei.com . These are the three predominant associations here in Texas. Please keep in mind though that any association is there for the betterment of their members first. After all that is why they are collecting our dues.

There is no real silver bullet for choosing an Inspector but the number one factor should be trust. If you do not feel comfortable with the Inspector then can you really trust them? If your choice is making any claims about their abilities, et al., make sure you check them out closely. It is unfortunate in our times that so many service business' make claims that can not be substantiated.

If you have any questions you're free to call or email me. I'll try to help where I can.

Emmanuel J. Scanlan, Professional Real Estate Inspector
http://www.psinspection.com
TREC License# 7593

Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2007
I found my home inspector on the Nachi website. National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He was very professional, very thorough.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2007
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