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4 truths about home inspectors

Why are there so many consumer complaints?
Published on Dec 6, 2011

DEAR BARRY: I read your column religiously every week and it seems that most of the problems answered by you deal with questionable inspections by home inspectors. I am beginning to think that the majority of home inspectors are either extremely incompetent or are in the pocket of the sellers or realty agents. How can a buyer find an honest, reliable and competent home inspector? --Archie DEAR ARCHIE: Your question raises more than one issue, so I offer the following four answers: 1. Many of the questions I receive are complaints about home inspectors. Human nature being what it is, people speak up more readily when they have a bad experience than when they have a good one. The fact is, there are many competent home inspectors in the profession, but people don't write to say what a great home inspection they just had. Therefore, the complaints show up often in my articles. 2. Unfortunately, there are many home inspectors who do not perform thorough or competent inspection...

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