Should contractor perform home inspection?

Despite cost savings, both buyer and seller could get burned

DEAR BARRY: We’re selling our home, and the buyer wants his brother, a contractor, to do the inspection, instead of hiring an actual home inspector. We’ve never heard of this kind of inspection and are not sure if we should allow it. What do you think? –Amy

DEAR AMY: If your buyer chooses an inspection by someone who is not a professional home inspector, he is the one on the short end of the stick — not you. Many people assume that home inspectors are merely contractors who inspect homes instead of building them.