HUD inspectors do buyers disservice

Likelihood greater that defects will be overlooked

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Dear Barry, I've been renting my home for seven years and am now in the process of buying it. I was approved for a HUD housing program and need to prepare for a HUD inspection. What conditions should my landlord and I look at before that inspection takes place? --Kathy Dear Kathy, If you have lived in the home for seven years, you have probably noticed whatever defects would be obvious and apparent to the untrained eye. As a buyer preparing to make a costly investment, you should rely on the expertise of an experienced home inspector, not a HUD inspector. HUD inspectors do not perform the in-depth level of evaluation that would be standard procedure for a qualified, experienced home inspector. To ensure that you obtain adequate disclosure and to reduce the chances of costly mistakes, hire a home inspector with many years of experience and a reputation for thoroughness. Dear Barry, We had a home inspection that was provided by a relocation company, and now we have a problem...