I agree with much of what you say. I recently purchased a house that had been inspected by a different inspector 2 months prior for a sale that ultimately fell through. I had the home re-inspected by a highly recommended inspector who didn't know it had already been inspected. I went through the house with my inspector knowing what some of the problems were (from my own personal inspection). It was amazing how many things the first inspector either missed or didn't even look at when I compared the reports. My recommendations:1) choose an inspector that comes highly recommended by other knowledgeable buyers (not necessarily the lender, the realtor, the sellers, etc.)2) interview a few inspectors to get a feel for their knowledge, techniques, guarantees, and whether they run a true business or inspect for some extra income.3) go through the house with the inspector. I found it helpful to learn about the mechanics of the house as well as some useful, though not necessary, upgrades that I could do. Be careful if these recommendations come from an inspector who is also a contractor - they might simply be "creating" some business for themselves.Tony Watsonwatsonad@med.unc.edu
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