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Old 05-11-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Sterling
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Hello,

Wondering if anyone knows of a good home inspector in the NoVa area, familiarity with the Homes in Countryside in Sterling would be a huge plus!

Thanks very much!
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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Tom Bowie from HomePro has done home inspections in Countryside for me. He is aware of the polybutylene pipes in that area. The phone number is 703-560-4663. I am surprised your Realtor did not have a recommendation for you.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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No offense to realtors on this forum, but I recently purchased a home and used the rec of my realtor for home inspection. NEVER AGAIN!! Use the opposite of what the realtor suggest and you might want to check Angie's List.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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I really like US Inspect. They have a stable of qualified inspectors -- and tho I have my favorite guys, I've never had an inspector that I didn't like. As a real estate agent, I use them quite frequently. US Inspect is 888-874-6773.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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Tom Bowie from HomePro has done home inspections in Countryside for me. He is aware of the polybutylene pipes in that area. The phone number is 703-560-4663. I am surprised your Realtor did not have a recommendation for you.
Thanks for the information! We did have a recommendation from our Realtor but wanted to shop around a little bit.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Thanks for the information! We did have a recommendation from our Realtor but wanted to shop around a little bit.
Yes, you would do better just looking at the house yourself. They only run the washer on delicate (watch them and you'll see) and don't flag anything. The one I used told me the microwave was ok after I expressed concern. Damn thing shot huge arcs out that burned the inside when _I_ turned it on. Ten year old garage door went out soon after we bought. He told me it was new.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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No offense to realtors on this forum, but I recently purchased a home and used the rec of my realtor for home inspection. NEVER AGAIN!! Use the opposite of what the realtor suggest and you might want to check Angie's List.
Well said!

The realtor doesn't get paid if the transaction doesn't close. Therefore, they have ZERO incentive to recommend a tough, thorough home inspector. Quite the opposite.

There's a lot of things that are illegal for a realtor to tell you (schools, etc)....they ought to add inspector recommendations to that list. It's a classic conflict of interest.

But, who do you get? As mentioned on another thread, home inspectors are not required to be licensed or certified in Virginia. Any one of us could hang out our shingle tomorrow and be home inspectors. Using one that the realtor advises against may be the best course...
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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Well said!

The realtor doesn't get paid if the transaction doesn't close. Therefore, they have ZERO incentive to recommend a tough, thorough home inspector. Quite the opposite.

There's a lot of things that are illegal for a realtor to tell you (schools, etc)....they ought to add inspector recommendations to that list. It's a classic conflict of interest.

But, who do you get? As mentioned on another thread, home inspectors are not required to be licensed or certified in Virginia. Any one of us could hang out our shingle tomorrow and be home inspectors. Using one that the realtor advises against may be the best course...
If I had known my ethics would be slammed I wouldn't have responded to a request for a good home inspector. I only recommend the most thorough inspectors. If there is a problem with the home, I want it found while the buyer can still get out of the deal. You can always find another home that the buyers will be happy with. I always attend the home inspection and carefully watch the inspection, and ask questions about areas of concern.

A realtor can certainly tell you what schools are in the area and refer you to a website for ratings. Many questions that an buyer has can be answered by searching the internet, e.g. crime statistics. If a buyer has a question about ethnic or racial makeup of the neighborhood, they can take a walk around the neighborhood. I refuse to work with buyers who specify a "white" neighborhood.

I am proud of my work and resent being lumped into a category by someone who doesn't know me.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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If I had known my ethics would be slammed I wouldn't have responded to a request for a good home inspector. I only recommend the most thorough inspectors. If there is a problem with the home, I want it found while the buyer can still get out of the deal. You can always find another home that the buyers will be happy with. I always attend the home inspection and carefully watch the inspection, and ask questions about areas of concern.

A realtor can certainly tell you what schools are in the area and refer you to a website for ratings. Many questions that an buyer has can be answered by searching the internet, e.g. crime statistics. If a buyer has a question about ethnic or racial makeup of the neighborhood, they can take a walk around the neighborhood. I refuse to work with buyers who specify a "white" neighborhood.

I am proud of my work and resent being lumped into a category by someone who doesn't know me.

My comments were meant generally...not at anyone in particular.

I happen to trust my realtor and his recommendations (about anything), but we have been working together for decades. But I still think the vast majority of the Suzie Sunshines out there have one over-riding concern....their commission check.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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If I had known my ethics would be slammed I wouldn't have responded to a request for a good home inspector. I only recommend the most thorough inspectors. If there is a problem with the home, I want it found while the buyer can still get out of the deal. You can always find another home that the buyers will be happy with. I always attend the home inspection and carefully watch the inspection, and ask questions about areas of concern.

A realtor can certainly tell you what schools are in the area and refer you to a website for ratings. Many questions that an buyer has can be answered by searching the internet, e.g. crime statistics. If a buyer has a question about ethnic or racial makeup of the neighborhood, they can take a walk around the neighborhood. I refuse to work with buyers who specify a "white" neighborhood.

I am proud of my work and resent being lumped into a category by someone who doesn't know me.
I just read the comment about real estate agents and didn't realize that it was directed at another poster. It was nice of you to suggest someone.

For me, the agent was someone that I knew who brought in the bad inspector. It led me to believe that it was widespread across the profession after talking to people with similar experiences. It's my biggest complaint about the house. I just get angry every time I see things that are broken that the inspector glossed over. When I sold my other place, I spent a couple thousand getting everything tip top. So I took it in the shorts on both sides of the transactions. Maybe in a couple of years, I'll stop being angry, but I have to see reminders so often.

Again, it wasn't directed at you, and I wouldn't have joined in had I known.
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