Dear Barry, Before we bought our home, it was evaluated by the FHA home inspector, but he missed every important defect. Since then, we've spent lots of money on repairs, including a leaking shower, a rotted bathroom floor, three defective windows, a faulty furnace and problems with the electrical wiring. How could the inspector have been this negligent? --Melinda Dear Melinda, You have made the costly and common error of equating an FHA inspector with a home inspector, when in fact, there are no similarities of any kind when comparing these two distinct professions. Home inspectors provide disclosure of visible property defects and spend several hours evaluating each home. They operate and inspect plumbing, heating and electrical fixtures; they walk on the roof; they crawl through the attic; they inspect the electrical wiring in breaker panels; test electrical outlets; and inspect the foundation crawlspace beneath each building. They evaluate fireplaces, test built-in app...
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