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Home inspector distances self from financial advice

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Dear Barry, When I hired a home inspector, I expected him to help me decide whether I should buy the property and to let me know if I was paying too much. After the inspection, he gave me a detailed list of building defects, but when asked if I should buy the property and what he though of the price, he hemmed and hawed but would not give me a straight answer. What's the point of a home inspection if the inspector won't address these essential questions? – Diane Dear Diane, Home inspectors are consultants who disclose the physical conditions of property. They are not financial or investment counselors, and they are not qualified to function as real estate appraisers. A buyer's decision to complete a transaction is a personal one, based upon numerous factors that are beyond the professional expertise and concern of a home inspector and not remotely related to the physical state of the property. A home that is a good investment for one person might not be a wise purchase for so...