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Another home inspection nightmare

Collusion suspected when major defects are found after purchase

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DEAR BARRY: Before we bought our home, we hired a home inspector, but he didn't report any of the major problems in the house. Now we have to repair the plumbing, the electrical wiring and the roof. When he did the inspection, he said everything was OK, but he was just lying, and we think he may have gotten a big tip from the seller or the agent. He was supposed to be working for us. Why would a home inspector do business this way? --Beatriz DEAR BEATRIZ: To assume that a home inspector took a bribe is a big jump. When home inspectors fail to report defects, the problem is usually professional incompetence, not willful collusion with sellers or agents. Unfortunately, there are more than a few home inspectors who are just plain inexperienced or not adequately skilled as inspectors. Because of this, many homebuyers do not receive adequate disclosure. Furthermore, this problem is compounded by the many agents who recommend such inspectors to their clients. The first thing to...