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Old 06-27-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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Other than ASHI membership, is there anything I should know or ask them?


Things I thought of so far, please feel free to add...

-experience with the neighborhood
-experience with homes of the same age
-experience with aluminum wiring (its been pigtailed already, I'd like an opinion on the quaility of the work)
-experience with pools

Are there any other areas that require special knowledge that we should we aware of?
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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If your prospective home has a septic tank, you'll want someone who is experienced with inspecting those.

In Austin and environs, you'll likely want to also have a termite inspection (that would be a separate inspector).

Likewise, depending on the part of the area, someone familiar with foundations and the particular problems that some of our soils present in that regard and what indicators are Big Trouble versus Something Every House In The Area Will Have Sooner Or Later But That Isn't a Problem would be very useful.

It would be best to have an inspector who is familiar with what code used to be versus what code is now, if you are buying a resale, as sometimes something will not be up to current code but it was to code when it was built and is perfectly safe - if the code changed the day before the inspection, the inspector still has to call it as being not up to code. A good inspector can explain that to you.

I recommend an inspector (along with others) to a lot of my clients who does the entire area. So "familiar with the neighborhood" falls way down on my list of requirements for an inspector, as there are inspectors who are familiar with the entire area, not just one neighborhood.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Austin
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To add to THL's response, Home Inspectors are general, visual inspectors. They are not "specialists" in any field. If you're concerned about the pigtails, you need to bring an actual electrician out to the house as the inspector is not an electrician.

If you're concerned about more than a visual, general inspection on a pool, you need to bring out a pool company inspector to give you more insight.

Every inspector in the state of Texas must be licensed and will all use the same standard inspection forms, so they're all looking for the same things, in general.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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FalconheadWest is correct, you'll need to get a professional electrician to look at that item. You can do that separately, you can try to arrange it at the same time as the main inspection, you can ask the inspector you choose about it at the time (he might be able to coordinate with an electrician), or you can wait until after the main inspection, during which the inspector will note any items that you might want to have a professional in that particular field come out and look at and give you an estimate at the same time (inspectors don't do estimates, either). That way, if you need to have an electrician and a plumber look at something, with a little tapdancing you can get them both out at the same time.
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
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She recommended an inspector that I used, and he was really good. (I think better than one I had previously used).
My Realtor felt the same way.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We're also looking for an inspector, to do an inspection before our builder's 1 year warranty expires next month. We didn't have any independent inspection done when we purchased the new home. Is there something specific we should look for when picking an inspector for such a 1 year new home inspection? Is this generally an advisable thing to do or waste of money? (I.e. will they typically find more flaws during the inspection than we could find by living there for a year?)
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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They'll test things, and sometimes find things, you wouldn't think to look for, and things that if left undiscovered could become a bigger problem in time.

If you didn't have an inspection when you purchased, having one before the warranty expires would be a good thing to do.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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Try Chet Tutor 512 864-7730. Very experienced!
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