When buying a home, whether it's your first or twenty   

                           first, it is wise to have another pair of eyes look over the building.  

                      Having the pressure of an impending mortgage, or the excitement of

                    new and larger space can cloud vision and perspective. It used to be

                  that Dad, or Uncle Joe, or “a guy I work with that’s done some building”

                would come and kick the tires, point out the sagging joists, the rusty

              furnace, etc. But in recent years, a thorough home inspection by a licensed

            professional has become the norm.  Banks and  lawyers and real estate

          agents heartily recommend it, and they appreciate the written report that

         comes with it.


    It's important to know what these inspectors will and won't do, and to adjust expectations accordingly. All professional inspectors in the state of New York are required to be licensed, and should provide you with a "standards of practice" document - in print or on the web - that clearly describes what they will and won’t inspect as part of a standard home inspection. Also required is a written inspection agreement, signed by both parties, that outlines the limits of liability inherent in the inspection. 


    Another document that should be made available, if requested, is a code of ethics, which when followed, prevents the judgment of the inspector from being influenced improperly.


    A good inspector will rely on a comprehensive list of areas to inspect, and won’t feel that the inspection is complete unless every item, and beyond, is somehow described in the inspection report.  The thoroughness of this written record is what sets them apart from Dad or Uncle Joe.  Items large and small are covered in the report, and the next stage of negotiation between buyer and seller can proceed using this information.


    As the deficiencies of the building are pointed out in an inspection report, it's common for a buyer (after recovering from “Oh my God!”) to desire more information about the cost and complexity of repairing or mitigating the problems. A properly trained home inspector will not provide estimates for any work, but will occasionally offer an opinion if they feel qualified in a particular area. Usually, they will recommend that a qualified contractor be called to provide specific professional advice, and a written estimate for the work


    Remember, a good home inspector serves only their client, and should have no interest in whether the house is sold or not.

Hiring a home Inspector

Campbell and Davies LLC    201 Dey St Suite 211 Ithaca, NY 14850   

607 216 0036    fax 607 216 0402   campbellanddavies@yahoo.com   

                                     www.campbelldaviesllc.com

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