DEAR BARRY: We bought our house about seven months ago and hired a home inspector to check it out, but he never went on the roof. He said there was no need to walk on the roof because it was only 5 years old and not likely to be worn or damaged. Well guess what? When the first rains came, we had a major leak. The contractor we hired said the roof was not properly installed. Besides that, there were tar patches that could not be seen from the ground. These revealed a history of past roof leaks and could have been reported by our home inspector, if he had taken the time to look. When we called him about this, he said that he is not required to walk on roofs. If that is so, then what good are home inspectors? --Jay DEAR JAY: A home inspector who fails to walk on a roof should have a substantial reason, such as rain or snow at the time of the inspection, steepness of the roof, fragile condition of the roof, or unusual height. Barring such conditions, a home inspector who fail...
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