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Old 04-15-2013, 09:31 AM
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Any strong recommendations for a home inspector in Minneapolis? We have come to an agreement with a home seller and need to schedule the inspection. I really like our agent, but feel the inspectors recommended by an agent have a conflict of interest. If their inspections are too thorough and kill deals, the agent may stop recommending them.

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:07 AM
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Are you fairly home-repair savvy? I don't think your standard home inspector offers much information if you are. I don't care if outlets have reverse polarity--I can test and fix that myself in just a few minutes--or if a sink has a small leak since that's a quick repair (usually). When we have bought houses, we look at what could potentially be expensive repairs. In our current home, it was an original 1965 skylight, tuckpointing and roof. So, we arranged for a mason, roofer and skylight rep to do our inspection. All came for free and my husband and I looked for the standard leaks and broken glass and signs of attic moisture. We ended up knocking $15,000 off our offer because all three had issues and we had repair bids in hand. Super-glad we didn't have those expenses up-front!

That said, there are some great inspectors out there that have worked in construction and can truly save you money...but unfortunately that's not the norm.

Inspections rarely kill a deal--unless it's a huge problem and then you may be happy that they did.
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