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Old 07-12-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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Would you guys know a good house inspector that you can recommend?
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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any suggestion?
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Katy
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We have an inspector set to look at our new home this coming weekend.
This is our first home and we've never used him before, so I can't say how good (or bad) he is yet.
He is charging us $337 for a $2500sf home.
He was recommended to us by our Realtor.
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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Inspectors recommended by realtors have one and only agenda: help the realtor to close the deal as soon as possible so that he/she can get repeated business.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: spring tx
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Katy
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Inspectors recommended by realtors have one and only agenda: help the realtor to close the deal as soon as possible so that he/she can get repeated business.
That's your opinion.
You did ask a question and I answered it.
No need to be an ass about it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Inspectors recommended by realtors have one and only agenda: help the realtor to close the deal as soon as possible so that he/she can get repeated business.
No they don't. Inspectors have their own egos for starters and quite frankly are more interested in covering their back sides than appeasing Realtors. It is highly likely that someone can move into a house and find something wrong that the inspector might have missed, but if there is a lot of it then that inspector isn't going to get much referral or repeat business from the people that are actually paying him. Your assertion that they are going to not report things just so the Realtor can get a deal done is naive to say the least.

The first thing you will want to do is hire an inspector that is a structural engineer and not just a standard inspector. Structural Engineers cost a little more, but they are worth it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Centurium. Inspection as well as structural. It's about 650.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: spring tx
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No they don't. Inspectors have their own egos for starters and quite frankly are more interested in covering their back sides than appeasing Realtors. It is highly likely that someone can move into a house and find something wrong that the inspector might have missed, but if there is a lot of it then that inspector isn't going to get much referral or repeat business from the people that are actually paying him. Your assertion that they are going to not report things just so the Realtor can get a deal done is naive to say the least.

The first thing you will want to do is hire an inspector that is a structural engineer and not just a standard inspector. Structural Engineers cost a little more, but they are worth it.
i agree with the 1st part, inspectors are there to find CODE defects not cosmetic which is hard to understand for some people. they are not going to be skimping or not reporting for a realtor, and generally it is quite the opposite, they will find as much stuff as they can(sometimes VERY questionable or over kill) so it looks like you are getting your moneys worth. a lot of the time the builder either will find it themselves or already has. (on new construction). builders are not required to follow a private inspectors list and some will not, this is just business.

as for a structural engineer, i dont see the need, a certified inspector will be just fine to inspect for code, spending the money for an engineer out (99% of the time he doesnt come on his own but send a certified inspector to make the report and stamp it with his seal). the only time you need an engineer is if your code cert insp has found structural issues and then the builders engineer should be referd not an outside party.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:50 PM
 
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That's your opinion.
You did ask a question and I answered it.
No need to be an ass about it.
You are taking in a wrong way. I actually want you to know what you are getting from an inspector. It's friendly, not being an ass.

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