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Some home defects fly under disclosure radar

Inspector's abilities often limited by weather, other conditions
Published on Jul 25, 2006

Dear Barry, When we purchased our house, the home inspection report was professional in appearance but not very accurate in its findings. In fact, five important defects were not disclosed. 1. No one told us that the roof leaks. We asked about a ceiling patch on the day of the home inspection, but the seller said this had nothing to do with a leak. That patch turned out to be exactly where the leaking occurs. 2. The inspector charged an additional $50 to inspect the spa. Now we find that the spa leaks and is inoperative. 3. The dishwasher drain squirted water all over the countertop. The home inspector said this was normal, but we had to have the dishwasher replaced. 4. The kitchen vent hood cannot be used because you get shocked when you touch it. 5. One of the windows leaks when it rains. Shouldn't these defects have been reported by our home inspector? --Ellie Dear Ellie, There are wide-ranging disparities in the relative abilities of home inspectors to discover defects. A buyer sh...

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