What a home inspection doesn’t cover

Don't fear if inspector isn't using 'top tools of the trade'

DEAR BARRY: In one of your articles, you said, "The essential purpose of home inspection is to disclose property defects." If that is true, why don't home inspectors use the top tools of the trade, such as thermal cameras, borescopes, and moisture meters? In my opinion, most home inspectors are retired general contractors with a lock on Realtor referrals. I am a new home inspector, but I provide a far more thorough inspection than my competitors who don't use specialized testing equipment. The problem, however, is getting real estate agents to refer me to their clients. They all seem to use the same few home inspectors who have been here forever. Can you offer any help on this? --Mark DEAR MARK: When I said that the essential purpose of a home inspection is "to disclose property defects," I didn't mean that the purpose is to disclose every possible property defect. If home inspectors intended to disclose every possible defect, thermal cameras, boresc...