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Old 07-28-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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My husband and I are moving to Mansfield and are looking to hire a home inspector for the house we are buying. I've heard of a couple people but wanted to get the opinions of those that live in the area. I've also heard from some that I should really hire a Licensed Professional Engineer, however that doesn't appear to be a requirement for CT so I'm having a hard time finding many with this certification. Has anyone heard of Hewe Mullan from Criterium-Mullan Engineering, he is a LPE but I can't find any reviews of his work, or Mark Hatheway from Inside Out Home Inspections? Thoughts on the engineering requirement? TIA
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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Just because someone is a PE it doesn't mean they know squat about home inspections. The PE licensing would have zero effect on my search for a company and I say that as someone who works very close to the engineering field.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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You will only need a licensed PE if the home you are buying has a structural problem. I do not have a suggestion for an inspector though you should be aware of the on-going problems with SOME foundations in eastern Connecticut that used concrete from a particular company. Check out the link below for more information. Jay

http://www.city-data.com/forum/conne...undations.html
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:58 AM
 
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I want to reiterate JayCT"s warning about the foundation issue- there's a date range of builds that you don't want to buy. There's apparently no way to tell if a foundation of a house built in those years is going to have problems.

That said, assuming your house was built outside the range, you probably don't need an engineer. However, some people prefer to use an independent inspector that doesn't accept referrals from real estate agents. If you want, I can give you the name of someone I used that I was very happy with.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:50 PM
 
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I want to reiterate JayCT"s warning about the foundation issue- there's a date range of builds that you don't want to buy. There's apparently no way to tell if a foundation of a house built in those years is going to have problems.

That said, assuming your house was built outside the range, you probably don't need an engineer. However, some people prefer to use an independent inspector that doesn't accept referrals from real estate agents. If you want, I can give you the name of someone I used that I was very happy with.
That "range" extends from 1983 until 2016. Mottes only agreed to stop providing concrete to residential homes this year. Foundations with pyrrhotite often take 10 or more years to be a problem.
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