Ann: John brings up some good points in his comments. Tennessee does license home inspectors and you would want to make sure you hired one that is licensed as an inspector and experienced as a builder. These two talents go hand in hand.
Our in house Builder/Manager/Inspector is licensed both as a builder and as an inspector. He often refers to the difference between a Contractor and an Builder (which has a similar parallel to you looking for an inspector). Here is the difference. A Contractor has the knowledge to build a home, understands the logistics and has the ability to manage the business side, but may or may not have ever built a home themselves. A Builder on the other hand, has the same skills as the Contractor with the additional skill of having been there done that. A Builder knows how to swing a hammer and how to select qualified subcontractors to do the same.
Here is my point: You need an inspector that knows what he/she is doing from experience and has a license. One without the other is not complete and can not provide you with the quality of service you deserve as an informed Trulia consumer.
Good luck and let us know if we can be of service with this or any of your Real Estate, Building or Inspection needs.
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