DEAR BARRY: We're selling our home, and the buyer wants his brother, a contractor, to do the inspection, instead of hiring an actual home inspector. We've never heard of this kind of inspection and are not sure if we should allow it. What do you think? --Amy
DEAR AMY: If your buyer chooses an inspection by someone who is not a professional home inspector, he is the one on the short end of the stick -- not you. Many people assume that home inspectors are merely contractors who inspect homes instead of building them.