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Inspector offers $2,500 for overlooked defect

Should homeowner accept or file claim for repairs?
Published on May 8, 2012

DEAR BARRY: I bought a 10-year-old house a year ago. The home inspection was clean, but I just discovered something the home inspector missed. Water has been leaking into the garage, above the door header. Two contractors have bid $11,000 for the repairs. My home inspector took a second look and offered to pay me $2,500, as long as I sign a paper absolving him of further liability. What should I do? --Paul DEAR PAUL: If the inspector offered to pay you $2,500, he probably recognizes that he made an error in his inspection. If the inspection contract that you signed has a limit on liability, you may have to accept the amount that he has offered. You should read the contract to see what it says about liability limitations. There is also the possibility that the leak developed during the year since you purchased the house, but that could be difficult to prove, one way or the other. In cases of this kind, home inspectors will sometimes offer a settlement simply to avoid the c...

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