I am sorry for your challenges with the house. Home Inspectors have specific language in their contracts that limits their liability so I would begin there. Accompanying the contract was probably an SOP or standard of practice that governs what the inspector is required to do, and will likely list things that they are not required to do (moving appliances, furniture, personal belongings if the home is occupied, etc.) If the defects are part of the SOP you may have a claim. Keep in mind however that home inspectors are not code compliance inspectors and as such they are not expected to know nor state in their reports if something has been installed according to code.
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I would recommend getting the inspection. As others have said, many of the same systems exist in a condo that exist in a house. And anything within the home is your responsibility if it breaks. We find lot's of issues in condos that are not readily apparent that require a trained eye to discover and interpret. I believe it will be money well spent.Best of luck.
I would recommend taking a look at www.inspectorseek.com for a certified home inspector. I am certain you will find a good selection in your area.
Thanks again everyone for your contributions. SoCal - consider this, what do home inspectors predominantly find when inspecting a home? Small insignificant items that are easy to repair. Do these small items scare the buyer? Absolutely, not always from a single issue but sometimes the totality of the items found in the report can make a buyer shy away. Will I verify if a leaky faucet or sink has been repaired? Sure. How about a tile repair, window that doesn't lock, sparse insulation in the attic or a cabinet door that is loose. Yep. Will I certify if a roofing problem has been corrected? No. But should a seller contract with a roofing contractor to remedy the issue, the company of choice will provide a warranty along with documentation that the repair has been completed in a workmanlike fashion.
Thanks for all the posts. Lots of good comments. It seems that the majority here think a sellers inspection is a good idea. This is helpful to me in deciding if I should focus a part of my marketing efforts here in San Diego on pushing seller home inspections.We are contemplating setting up a system where we perform a sellers inspection for a reduced cost and list the home as "move in certified" along with yard signs and other marketing materials if the seller agrees to any fix major deficiencies we find. Prospective buyers could purchase the sellers inspection via our website for a nominal fee (think CarFax) and possible negate the need for their own buyer inspection. No more inspection contingencies. Full disclosure. Seems like an all around win win for everyone involved.Thoughts?
I'm trying to decide if I should market these services.
We took the concept of a pre-inspection one step further and now offer "Move-In Certified" inspections. The concept is beginning to get a little traction on the West Coast but only after I get all the agents together and show a Powerpoint about the benefits of doing this type of home inspection.Read about them here:Seller Home Inspecton
Can't answer the question about forms because I don't use them. I do mention it in my written report to give the buyer a heads-up since their insurance company will be asking the question also. Is it a requirement? Depends on the age & type of the house. For example, HUD/FHA requires foundations in manufactured homes to be anchored following specific guidelines. Older homes did not require seismic straps/bolts/anchors but newer ones do.
I must chime in. Formica that will last longer than granite? I think a Lowes salesperson has gotten the best of you.