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We all acknowledge that buying a home is an expensive venture that can backfire if a few poor choices are made. If something goes wrong with the home inspection, the result is often a disaster. If you want to read some horror stories simply do a Google search for “my home inspector missed.” You will be amazed at what can happen if you choose the wrong home inspection company.

Mistake #1 – Not investigating the experience/longevity of the company and inspector./ I suggest you ask directly, “how many home inspections have you performed and how long have you been in business.” This decision is so important that your job literally becomes a search for the most experienced and well respected home inspector. Furthermore, make sure the company you consider has comprehensive errors and omissions insurance coverage and longevity in the industry.

Mistake #2 – Failing to consider the readability of the home inspection report. Let’s face it, technical construction related information can be difficult to understand. Often the home inspection report compounds the problem by being written in a poor format. Don’t forget to check out a copy of what your home inspection report will look like. If you can’t understand the information, it is useless to you. See a copy of our home inspection report at the link at

Mistake #3 – Being overly focused on the fee for the inspection. We have all been conditioned to scour the world for the best deal possible and that often mistakenly means the lowest price. In reality the best deal, in this context, is a fair price for the best possible professional home inspector. If you save $50 or $100 on the home inspection yet lose thousands of dollars because something was missed, you did not get a good deal. Bargain shopping for a home inspector is like bargain shopping for a face lift (not advisable). If you don’t believe me, do a Google search for “bad face lifts.”

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