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Jerry Lootens, ASHI certified inspector, Master Inspector 

 

Home Buyer misperceptions about home inspectors

1. All inspectors inspect and report on the same building components and systems. Not so. Check the inspectors' Standards of Practice.  Half the inspectors do not even have verifiable standards. See Below for more.  

2. All inspectors will report the same conditions for the same building components and systems. Not so. Inspectors do not have any requirement to do so.  Therefore you may be surprised that your inspector did not warn you of a "poor" condition.  Even in States that have licensing many differences are observed in the inspection reports.

3. All inspectors have the same skill levels. Nothing in the market place can assure the public that their inspector is adequately qualified.  Government licensing has fallen very short of protecting the public and is not available in Michigan.

4. You would think that  inspector without high tech equipment cannot do a professional job. Much of the newer equipment does serve a purpose but each has significant limitations and many times cannot be relied on.  Case in point, infrared equipment cannot highlight or catch the majority of lwaer eakage problems observable to a skilled and trained inspector. The environment and timing of the use of the equipment is critical to successful usage as is knowledge.  

5. Inspector reports are easy to read and interpret.  Far from the truth. Newer computer and smart phone generated reports produce legible print and good quality photos, but do not guarantee the best communication between the inspector and their client.  The best reports are those that aid the clients understanding, knowledge and memory of the inspection long after the inspection. Long detailed reports as well as brief reports do not communicate well.

Ideally the report should thoroughly list and discuss the major inspection findings in a useful and efficient manner with enough detail and the ramifications on the client's purchase decision. The report should also provide enough information for the client's agent to take further action.

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Compare the Official Standards of Practice of the 3 largest inspection organizations to those of AwfullyPicky.com, - Inspections Done Right for You:

  • National Association of Home Inspectors, (NAHI)***
  • International Association of Certified Home Inspectors***, (Inter-NACHI)*
  • American Society of Home Inspectors, (ASHI)***

What is required by these organizations: 

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no

no

Require that the inspector take financial responsibility for major errors and omissions made at your inspection that will cost you significant money, (it only seems fair to me, but the big 3 don't think so)

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

yes

no

Report all material defects having a significant adverse impact on the value of your property, (surprise, only one of the big 3 specifically requires it! At AwfulPicky.com we report even more, more of what you want to know in an easy to read format. We also provide you all the photos).

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no**

no**

Report the unreasonable safety risks to people and property observed at the property, (At AwfulPicky.com we report more, more of the foreseeable risks.  You want you to know and avoid physical and financial injury)
AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no

yes

Report any major components that are: at, near, or beyond their normal life expectancy: You need to be prepared for the likely, yet sudden, failure of older, costly major components such as roofing, foundation, heating, cooling, electrical systems, etc.

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no

yes

Make recommendations for correction, monitoring for future correction or further evaluation. You do not want to guess at your options. Buying a property already put you under pressure.

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no

no

Report as a professional courtesy any mold, lead, asbestos, critters and any other known contaminants or infestations observed. You just want and need to know.

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no

yes

Provide a Client Bill of Rights obligating integrity, competency, honesty, confidentiality, objectivity, and an interest in public safety and preserving public confidence in the profession.

AwfullyPicky NAHI NACHI ASHI

YES

no

no

no

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