Do I need to review the background of my home inspector?
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Asked September 10, 2012
It is always in your best interest to evaluate anyone who inspects or performs work on your home. Just like you would research a contractor before hiring them to add on a new room, you should research your home inspector before they perform the task to make sure that you are dealing with the right company for the job.
Check the background of your home inspector or home inspection company. Call the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints filed, if so how many there have been, how often they are placed, and how the company responded to the complaints. Just because an unhappy customer had issues with the inspector does not mean that everyone will have problems, but if the BBB has a long record of complaints that there never resolved satisfactorily, you would be well-advised to be wary of your interactions.
Your home is an important possession, and fraudulent inspectors are out there. Dealing with an unlicensed, uninsured inspector opens the door to receiving a false inspection, which could mean that termites were not discovered, mold went unnoticed, or any number of other items that should have been part of the inspection were overlooked or ignored. In the short-term, this may not present any problems, but it could be devastating a few years down the road.
As a worst case scenario, consider the example of a fraudulent inspection which fails to turn up a serious termite infestation. You may not find out that the home is affected by the pests for many years. In fact, the first clue that some people have that they have a termite problem is when the walls start caving in. Granted, this particular situation is a long-shot, but it gives you an excellent illustration of how a fraudulent inspector could result in you having to pay many thousands of dollars for repairs.
Answered September 10, 2012 by Anonymous