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Buyer suspicious of home inspection duo

Professionalism, qualifications matter more than numbers

DEAR BARRY: My agent recommended a pair of home inspectors who work together as a team. At first, this seemed like a good idea. But another inspector I talked to argued against having a two-person inspection. He said I'd have trouble getting answers to questions after I buy the home because I'd have to determine who inspected what. How do I decide? Maybe this two-person deal is all about saving the Realtor's time. --Karen

DEAR KAREN: There is no black-and-white case to be made for or against tandem inspectors. In fact, two inspectors working in concert can be better or worse than a single inspector. It all depends upon the knowledge, experience, thoroughness, and professional integrity of the individuals performing the inspection.

On the positive side, home inspector teams typically work in a coordinated manner that enables them to focus on predetermined aspects of a property and to discuss their findings jointly, during the inspection a...