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says Leopold. "As a seller, you want the inspector to be in a good mood."
Yeah, that would surely make the inspector less partial.
Let me add one common sense comment about home inspections -- make the rounds yourself before an inspector will come up with something you didn't anticipate -- can save you significant dollars. For example:
1. Had a blown motor on a vent fan -- while inspector was poitning this out to me, I could show him a new fan that was new in box about to be installed.
2. Inspector said vent line "boots" were cracked and would cost me several hundred dollars to replace. I pointed out that the folks i had sprucing up exterior paint and paneling were taking care of these -- their cost to me was only $11 per boot.
3. If you have GFCI on the lower floor/outdoor circuits, inspectors generally regard that as good protection.
4. Floors/tile/carpet should be in immaculate shape BEFORE you call in the inspector. Makes a definite influence on inspector to see that major items are handled correctly.
5. Agree whole heatedly about gettign rid of old junk you don't need -- it'll only make the place lok bigger and in better shape.
I like the aspect of writing a article on home inspection, but missing the fundamentals of a home inspection. The title does not match contents. Home inspection is not about passing or failing, it's about under standing the condition of the home.
Jason, Jason, did you actually complete 2nd grade. What the heck are you rambling about. It makes
absolutely no sense. I think you are talking about a City Inspector NOT a home inspector. Please
learn to construct a grammatically correct sentence with 1 thought. Please.
A lot of good points. As a home inspector in Chicago of 12 years I have gone round and round with Chicago Realtors, over the first thing mentioned; Get the home inspected BEFORE you listed it. Several agents I work with love to try to duck the issue then get upset when I show up on the other side to do the inspection for their seller. They get upset because I "kill the deal" as it's said in the industry. My mother, who is an agent in Elmhurst, IL is just as guilty.
Also rule that was missed is #10. Find your own inspector. Don't use a highly recommended Realtor's choice unless you really know the Realtor. Also make sure you "Inspector your inspector". Check out their independent reviews and check out their BBB rating when possible. Also a good home inspector can pretty much find any problem you try to hide so just disclose the issue now Mr. and Mrs. Home Seller.