Disgruntled buyer condemns home inspectors

Roof damage racks up unexpected repair bills

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Dear Barry, Your repeated endorsement of home inspectors should be taken with more than a grain of salt. When I bought my home, the inspector approved the roof without ever having looked at it. After moving in, I had two roofing contractors evaluate the roof, and both said that it was totaled. I called the inspector back to the house and showed him the damaged shingles and the rotted wood in the attic. To my surprise he admitted that he hadn't crawled in the attic or walked on the roof during his inspection. He said the seller had assured him that the roof was in good condition. I filed a small-claims action and recovered all but $500 of the cost of roof replacement. My advice to your readers is to hire plumbers, electricians, roofers, etc., rather than wasting money on home inspectors. –Chad Dear Chad, You certainly can't be blamed for some anger and disillusionment with regard to home inspectors, but don't let one bad apple turn you off to apple pie. If you were to hire an i...