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Buyers unhappy with agent’s home inspector

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Published on Feb 10, 2004

Dear Barry, Is it better to find your own home inspector or to rely on the one supplied by the real estate agent? We're looking at a 1958 home. The agent's inspector says there's nothing wrong with the place. His report states that "it's structurally sound," but we're plagued with concerns. The electric outlets are the old two-prong type, but the inspection report made no mention of this. The washing machine in the basement is connected to the drain for the kitchen sink, and the tenant says it sometimes overflows. Shouldn't these conditions have been red flags for the inspector? –Stephan Dear Stephan, The primary red flag in this story is when the home inspector says "there's nothing wrong with the place." The one fact on which all experienced home inspectors agree is that no home is totally free of defects. Even the most meticulously constructed brand-new home has conditions that warrant correction. With a 1958 rental, the mere suggestion that there might be "nothing wrong" i...

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