We just recently got an offer accepted on a house here in Anchorage, Alaska. The selling agent was quick and forthcoming with a previously completed home inspection from just 13 days prior. The way I figure is I have two options.
1. Take that inspection and use it for my own and save myself 700 dollars.
2. Re-accomplish a new inspection so to rule out any wrong doing.
Taking option 1 I figure I will research the company and make sure everything is on the up and up.
I know this is ultimately a personal decision however I trust what this community has to say so your advise would be much appreciated.
Thank you very much!
I have seen some HORRIBLE home inspectors. I mean incompetent, didn't check ages of utilities, didn't go in attics, crawl spaces, test any electrical/plumbing, didn't go on or look at roof... I 100% would only use an inspector I trusted.
Ok someone paid for a home inspection 13 days ago . Why didnt they buy the house?
Anchorage, Alaska investor chiming in
Use Donna Ransom she owns the company The Home Inspector. She does an amazing job and is very good. Only one I’ve seen break out a ladder and get into the attic space on multiple occasions. Saved my brother in law a potential mold disaster that he used to get remediation done.
Wow, This is why I love this site. You all are so quick to jump in with good advise. I guess I will probably get another inspection done. The problem I have is that this is my first one so I don't have a "trusted" home inspector that I use. I guess I will have to do my research and as always err on the side of caution when making this decision.
@Ronald Laurion - Thanks for the reference. I will give her a call in the morning and see what she has to say.
Thank you all for the advise.
I inspected a single family home a few weeks ago which had been 'pre-inspected' by another local home inspector at the behest of the realtor who had the home listed for sale. The home had severe structural/foundation issues which were not disclosed in that pre-listing inspection report that was sitting on the kitchen counter during our buyer's inspection. My clients, the buyers, backed out on the spot since they didn't want to get involved in a deal which began with obvious subterfuge. I had a chance to speak the gentleman who performed the pre-listing inspection a few weeks afterward and he told me that the real estate company who hired him to perform the pre-listing inspection excludes the roof, the exterior foundation, and a few other important items from his scope of work when he is working for them. Bottom line, get your own inspection from an inspector who is seen as the best in the biz. Don't accept an inspection performed at the request of a seller or a realtor....it is bad ju-ju!
I decided to get my own home inspection. A small bullet to bite in the long run.
Thank you again to everyone's input.
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