DEAR BOB: We are buying a brand-new house. Do you recommend we obtain a professional home inspection, which you suggest for buyers of resale houses? – Terrie R. DEAR TERRIE: Yes, buyers of brand-new houses should insist on a professional home inspection before taking title. Of course, as the buyer, you get to pay for the inspection so you can accompany your inspector to discuss any defects discovered. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Although most home builders construct quality homes, even the best builders occasionally make mistakes. Don't count on the local building inspector to catch the errors. These inspectors usually do a great job, but sometimes they miss serious problems. Spending $400 or so to hire your own professional home inspector will be money well spent. If you are a regular reader, you know I recommend hiring a professional inspector who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), which has the highest membership standards. You can find ...
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