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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

FOR THE HOME INSPECTOR:

  1. Bullet Hoarders are very protective of their belongings and, unless the house is an estate of a deceased person, will insist on being present during the inspection. It is not unusual for a hoarder to suspect that the home inspector will try to steal one of their “valuable” items.

  2. Bullet We have to put a disclaimer in our report, listing the extensive areas of the home that were not inspectable, which our customers usually understand but do not appreciate.

  3. Bullet Inspecting a house with precariously balanced, high stacks of heavy items can be dangerous.

    Hoarding is a debilitating symptom of mental illness, and we try to be respectful and kind when in a hoarder’s house, but it is usually a tense experience for everyone involved.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
© McGarry and Madsen Inspection


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