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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Brad, home inspectors are even worse, all it takes to be one is to be one os to order a packet of information on line. No certification or education is required. Addionally, they are hired by the realtors, so if they find things that will break the deal, the realitors will quit hiring them. There is a conflict of interest in that whole system. They give homeowners a false sense of security that there is no issues with the house, because if they find serious issues and break the deal, they lose their job.

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    ChadM
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    East Palestine, Ohio

    We had a private inspector company do an inspection on our current house. He missed the no insulation on the walls and the 5 broken trusses in the roof.

    We bought the house and found these things out after the fact. Only recourse was we got our $500 back. Not impressed.

    Home inspectors are a whole different story. I don’t mean to sound like some elitist contractor or a jerk but the vast majority of those guys are a joke.

    Chad

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    #85498

    redwood
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    The subject of home inspectors needs it’s own topic. Not discounting what Kurt and Chad have said, there is a need for them, but they need to be independent of the realtors and sellers.

    The average home buyer probably has no clue what to look for in regards to the functioning aspects of a home. They need someone to crawl around and tell them that HVAC ducts are not connected, outlets aren’t grounded, ect.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

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    jdw1865
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    Dewey, OK

    Brad, home inspectors are even worse, all it takes to be one is to be one os to order a packet of information on line. No certification or education is required. Addionally, they are hired by the realtors, so if they find things that will break the deal, the realitors will quit hiring them. There is a conflict of interest in that whole system. They give homeowners a false sense of security that there is no issues with the house, because if they find serious issues and break the deal, they lose their job.

    In Oklahoma you have to be licensed to call your self a home inspector. The buyer hires who ever they want to do the inspection. They can hire a licensed inspector or a contractor or their nephew Ed. The homeowner is the one doing the hiring. If a Real Estate agent is caught even recommending an inspector they will lose their real estate license and their business license. That gets rid of the conflict of interest. Inspector works for buyer not agent.

    I had a Real Estate license for a couple of years and it was fairly difficult to obtain and has gotten harder. There are no provisions here for a GC license. Not required and not offered. It is much easier to be Home Builder than a Real Estate Agent here.

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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Mark, I agree that there is a need for home inspectors. However they need to be independent as Jerry noted they are in Oklahoma. They cannot have a vested interest in keeping realtors happy and not spoiling a deal because of finding deficiencies.

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