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Thu Mar 8, 2012
Steven H. Allmann answered:
Hello Pat
I am writing this in response to the answer you received from Louis Peasley. He is correct in telling that you need to research every resource available to you in obtaining as much information about your prospective purchase as possible. However, as a home inspector, I take issue with him on several points. Firstly, after over 43 years as a general contractor, sub-contractor, and journeyman member of four respected trade unions, I do not consider myself incompetent. In addition, I am not, and never will be, in collusion with anyone. When I do a home inspection, my only concerns are the protection and safety of my clients, 99% of whom are home buyers. Many of my reports are over forty pages in length with as many as 100 color photos documenting all areas of concern. The fact is, I have had many home sellers do there best to hide flaws and problems with a home prior to an inspection. Due to the non-invasive and visual nature, by law, of a home inspection, there is the possibility that hidden damage may go undetected. On my own inspections, to date, this has not occurred. I also occasionally have done inspections for insurance companies to assess the full extent of damages to a property. Often, in the case of water damage, the damage is cosmetic and not structural. However, I have also found whole walls that were completely destroyed by wood decay rot, carpenter ants, or termites due to an undetected water leak that persisted for years. If a homeowner requests, I have scopes that can peer into walls to assess possible leaks or evidence of mold, or microbial growth. I have written many published reports and blogs on the issues that homeowners and buyers should beware of and look for when considering buying or selling a home, and for the purposes of home maintenance. I remain confident and proud of my work as a home inspector and of my ethics. In fact, all of the home inspectors that I associate with are above reproach. There are bad apples in every profession. I do not associate with them and do not condone anyone else's actions. Having said all of that, I suppose that the bottom line is that nobody is perfect. I know plenty of Louis'es that are not. Steven H. Allmann Allmann Home Inspection Services in Bellingham, Wa. ... more
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