More Blog Posts on Home Inspection:

  1. The seller has to fix everything you find wrong with the house, right?

  2. Can I do my own home inspection?

  3. What are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

  4. Should I be suspicious about a concrete block house covered with siding?

  5. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  6. Should a home inspection scare you?

  7. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

  8. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

  9. What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?

  10. Are you licensed and insured?

  11. What problems do you look for when a house has been vacant or abandoned?

  12. Do home inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?

  13. Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?

  14. What are the warning signs of a sinkhole?

  15. What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

  16. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  17. What tools do you use for a home inspection?

  18. How much does a home inspection cost?

  19. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

  20. What problems should I look for when buying a country house in a rural area?

  21. Do you have any home inspection tips for buyers?

  22. What is the difference between a home inspection and a final walkthrough inspection?

  23. What do you inspect in the crawl space under a house?

  24. Should I buy a foreclosure house if the bank refuses to turn on the utilities?

  25. What are those metal boxes on the roof?

  26. What can go wrong when a homeowner encloses a porch without a building permit?

  27. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  28. What is the difference between an FHA inspection and a home inspection?

  29. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  30. Should I use my realtor’s home inspector or choose one myself?

  31. Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?

  32. Should I get a home inspection before signing a contract to buy the house?

  33. When did the first Florida Building Code (FBC) begin and become effective?

  34. Should I trust the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement?

  35. Should I only hire an inspector that is a member of a national association like ASHI, InterNACHI, or NAHI?

  36. Should I buy a house that has had foundation repair?

  37. Is painted bathroom tile acceptable?

  38. What is a “cosmetic” defect in a home inspection?

  39. Where are the funny home inspection pictures?

  40. Should I follow the home inspector around during the inspection?

  41. Why do realtors call some home inspectors “deal killers”?

  42. How can I reduce the risk of an expensive surprise when buying a house sight unseen?

  43. The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get one of my own?

  44. Does a home inspector give cost estimates for repairs?

  45. Do home inspectors inspect outbuildings?

  46. Should I buy a house that has been remodeled/renovated without building permits or has open permits?

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  1. 6)Ice maker broken? Fill the bin with store-bought ice. We check, and can tell the difference.

  2. 7)Don’t want the inspector examining everything too carefully? Claim not to know that it would take so long, and insist that the inspectors hurry up and leave soon. We will not be rushed, and explain that we have to reschedule to return to the house at another time to complete the inspection if it is necessary to leave early, and there is a reinspection fee that the seller will have to pay.

  3. 8)Want to distract the inspector? Follow us around and ask lots of questions. Insist on giving a tour of the house. We will ask you to go away and let us do our work.

  4. 9)Dishwasher broken? Tell the inspector that the repairman is coming later today, so don’t put it in the report. We still put it in the report.

  5. 10) Don’t want the inspector looking around in the attic or the crawl space? Pile a lot of boxes and heavy items around the opening. We will ask you to move them or request permission to move them ourselves.

   Most home inspections go smoothly and, ideally, the seller is not even present. We always say we have “seen it all” when it comes to a seller’s concealment of defects, but every so often we discover a new trick to add to the list.


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.
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