Agent

Should contractor perform home inspection?

Despite cost savings, both buyer and seller could get burned
Published on Sep 9, 2008

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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.

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