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Is a second home inspection necessary, just to be on the safe? We just have a house under contract.

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I'm sure if you had ten inspections performed, ten inspectors might find things the others might have missed.  You have to understand that the inspector is spending a very limited time in the property and won't catch everything.  However, a good inspector will systematically inspect the various elements in the home to identify how things are running.

The bottom line is that if it would help you sleep better at night to get multiple inspections completed, then you should do it.
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October 17 2013
If it was your inspector and not an inspection the seller had provided I wouldn't think you would need a second inspection. If however the inspector found something that he suggested a specialist to look at i.e. 
electrical, structual/foundation issues then I would have a specialist inspect that issue. Beyond that I don't feel it would be anything but a waste of hard earned money. 
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October 18 2013
If you are talking about the basic home inspection showing certain
things that may warrant a more specialized inspection by a tradesman
then yes.

If it had to do with the electrical then you need an electrician, if it was
plumbing then a licensed plumber, HVAC a HVAC company an so on.

The generalized Home Inspection is only a report of basic things and
doesn't go into details such as the degree or the extent of whatever
it is that was written down or the real cost replacement if needed.

Feeling uneasy about something is usually what I call ' gut instinct '
and I have learned to trust it.
-Joseph-
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October 18 2013
The question is not totally clear.  You just have the home under contract and you are asking about a second inspection.

If you were provided one the seller did prior to marketing the home - YES.  You need your own inspection.  Don't rely on anything the seller did.

If there is a septic system with this home I highly recommend a septic professional to do an inspection of the septic system.  Home inspectors usually use a red dye test which is far less than what a professional septic inspector will do.
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October 18 2013
Although rare, two inspections is not an out of the world thought...If you do not feel comfortable with the first inspection or if there is something specific that you are concerned about, go for it. Better play it safe in my opinion. 

Good luck!
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October 17 2013
Most buyers do not do two home inspections.  If there is a particular problem then you would get an inspection by a licensed person who handles that type of issue such as electrician, plumber, a/c, well, pool, etc. 
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October 17 2013
A second home inspection is typically only necessary when the 1st inspection uncovers defects which are best reviewed by someone with more experience (say an engineer, electrician, hvac).
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October 17 2013
I've never heard of anybody wanting to pay for two home inspections. Didn't you like the first one?
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October 17 2013
Not sure why you'd need 2 home inspections, unless you aren't confident in the first home inspector?  What does your Realtor recommend? 
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