It does happen.
Every few years, a news report comes out on incompetence
and fraud in home inspections. Just a few horror stories are enough to give the
whole industry a black eye.
The worst case scenario is real estate agents
and home inspectors working in cahoots with each other to hide defects from homebuyers.
Fraud Isn't the Biggest ProblemIt's Incompetence.
the problem for most consumers isn't just avoiding fraud, it's making sure whoever
they hire has enough experience and knowledge to do a good job. And that's not
exactly easy because most states don't even require home inspectors to be licensed.
(Unless they're inspecting for asbestos or lead-in-paint.)
In those states,
anyone with a flashlight and a clipboard can do a home inspection.
Sure, It's Easy to Say BUYER BEWARE
But HOW do you select a qualified home
inspector? Answer that question by asking more questions—of your inspector.
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