- “We're not supposed to get on the roof”
- “Crawl spaces are confined spaces”
- “I can’t plug the appliance in or turn on the furnace”
- “Somebody has the water off”
- “It’s beyond the scope to make comment on…”
- “I can’t look in the attic as it requires a ladder”
Do you really think our professionals make such excuses?
No. These are everyday language examples used by a good majority of home inspectors. After all, they went to a (1) week school, bought a tablet and a nice shirt; now they’re a home inspector (P.S. A nice shirt typically means they don’t get dirty).
I’ve been featured on TLC network’s “My First Home,” been a witness in court cases and have been trusted with thousands of inspections over the past 20+ years, and a good many of inspections for the Realtors in the area as well as their friends and family - all for a reason. I’m not the cheap one or the “easiest one”; I’m the realistic, knowledgeable, and fair one.
I was working as a construction laborer in this area back in high school, built my own, and assisted on several other homes; I am an electrical engineer from Purdue, an electrician, and I work on repair jobs regularly.
I'm likely the most expensive inspector in the area, for a distinct reason. I'm very knowledgeable, very experienced, and very good. A home inspection service is not like buying a gallon of milk where prices vary and the product is essentially the same.
Going with a “cheap” inspector is just that. It’s like walking into the emergency room of a hospital while your loved one is having a heart attack. Do you ask for the cheapest doctor? I’m sure you can get one.
Cheap in the home inspection field is like that in the medical field; it means something - can’t get business, past issues, bad reputation, weak knowledge base, no or little experience, etc. It might work out, but it may not. So when you ask yourself if saving $50 / $75 / $100 on a $100,000 house was worth it - will it be?
I don’t pay to be on HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List or any one of a number of other national chains of service providers. Member service providers pay big money for these services - ask yourself why.