Are home inspectors worth what they charge?

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Dear Barry, I'm writing to shred an article on your Web site that deals with home inspector liability. In it you say, "One way that home inspectors have addressed liability is to limit the scope of an inspection to defects that are visible and readily accessible." This seems to be a blanket justification for the failure of home inspectors to report defects. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, inspection is defined as: "View or examine closely and critically especially in order to assess quality for shortcomings. …" Given that definition, home inspectors don't inspect; they express personal opinions. One solution would be for buyers and sellers to conduct their own inspections for obvious defects, instead of allowing home inspectors to pick their pockets. This would help to reduce the escalating costs of buying a home, typically caused by attorneys and others who ride the lucrative real estate gravy train. --Edward Dear Edward, The home inspection process is w...