Originally Posted by macfan
To answer the topic question: What would I do differently next time? I would hire my own inspector and not use the one the real estate agent suggested before I even bought my place so I could build my Home Theater. Not that there were any major things wrong with my house. Just little things the inspector should have caught. He obviously told me what the real estate agent wanted me to hear.
Don't ever trust the "pre-inspection report" offered by the real estate pimp!!! It is one of the biggest scams going, in my opinion. One of the "popular" companies, claims they hire only engineers for inspectors. Ask yourself, would an engineer capable of getting a real job be a house inspector? I have yet to read one of their reports that is half way accurate or complete, "in my opinion"!
As you have guessed, some real estate pimps "appear" to have relationships with particular inspectors who give favourable reports and glaring errors and omissions. While looking at a house a friend was thinking of buying, I noticed the smell of fabreeze in the basement (N.B. fabreeze in basement = problem!!!). The report indicated simply, that a minor drip at the main shutoff should be addressed. When I finally found where they had hidden it, he had simply not mentioned the mold that extended beyond the cabinet to under the carpeted plywood on the floor and behind the finished drywall. By the time I came back upstairs, my friend's wife, who had stayed on the main floor for the 30 minutes that we were there, was having problems breathing...but the listing agent had no idea about who sprayed the fabreeze or any knowledge of the mold. The house sold to somebody else.
I believe these pre-inspections carry disclaimers which limit any claims to the one who paid for the inspection, the listing agent.
My comments are based on my personal experience and is by no means a reflection of all real estate people, unemployed engineers and certainly not all inspection companies.
...and I'm still waiting for that fairy to show up at my place... "1/3.5 of $250k"? That's about the premium you'd pay for having 2 parking "spaces" on a property in TO!
Location, location, location!