Dear Barry, As a veteran home inspector, I take exception to a recommendation in one of your columns. You advised that home inspectors urge their clients to do a permit check at the local building department if additions or alterations to the property are apparent. Why are you making a recommendation that exceeds the standard scope of a home inspection? If all the work is done in a professional manner, and if no evidence of faulty workmanship is apparent, what's the rationale? By the same logic, an inspector should advise a client to check for permits on the original structure. Don't you think this advice should be amended? – Larry Dear Larry, You have unintentionally advanced an excellent point regarding permit checks: Home buyers should definitely check for building permits on o...
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