Inspector offers $2,500 for overlooked defect

Should homeowner accept or file claim for repairs?

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DEAR BARRY: I bought a 10-year-old house a year ago. The home inspection was clean, but I just discovered something the home inspector missed. Water has been leaking into the garage, above the door header. Two contractors have bid $11,000 for the repairs. My home inspector took a second look and offered to pay me $2,500, as long as I sign a paper absolving him of further liability. What should I do? –Paul

DEAR PAUL: If the inspector offered to pay you $2,500, he probably recognizes that he made an error in his inspection. If the inspection contract that you signed has a limit on liability, you may have to accept the amount that he has offered. You should read the contract to see what it says about liability limitations.