inspections Blog Posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Does this sound familiar? If so, I hope it’s because you watch a lot of shows like Law & Oder on television and not for any other reason. If this doesn’t sound familiar, it is one part of the Miranda warning police must give to criminal suspects before questioning them. How does that apply to you? Well, it can have equally negative consequences in a civil case (insurance claim) also. 
 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In many complaints or claims against home inspectors the real culprit may be the seller of the subject property. Many times the seller, in an effort to get the maximum price for the property, may omit disclosure of certain defects or in some cases (gasp) may even have tried to hide a defect or two to make discovery by the inspector or buyer more difficult, if not impossible. Sometimes this happens with the help of the listing agent and one or two local contractors.

The failure to disclose or even the occasional intentional deception may not be discovered until months or years later...

Monday, November 11, 2013

1. Ask a friend who knows nothing about a home inspection to read your pre-inspection agreement and tell you what they think you will be inspecting. You may find your pre-inspection agreement needs to be revised so your clients clearly understand what a home inspection really covers.

2. Be sure your report clearly and prominently calls out any serious problems which may be a threat to health and/or safety as well as those which will cost a lot of money to resolve. If your report doesn’t...