Top to Bottom Services is sometimes consulted by buyers who have bought their homes, and after having had their home inspected by another company, need consulting on issues that have come up (TTBS clients enjoy this service for free).
When reviewing the work of other inspectors, we are careful to appreciate that we are all humans and little things can get by even the best of us. On the other hand, we also look for clues to see if we can get a handle on the inspector’s general attention to detail—to see if there even IS one. Our new client complained that the previous inspector seemed to be in a rush, so we really had to be careful in being objective.
It didn’t take long for us to come to some initial conclusions. Take a look at what we observed in the inspector’s comments on the first page:
We jokingly wondered that if the inspector couldn’t even spell “licensed”, was he or she licensed? We finished our objective review of the inspection report and forwarded our comments.
When choosing a home inspector, it’s not unreasonable to ask your prospective inspector for a sample report. You’ll see the types of things they look at, their level of thoroughness, and how they organize the information for your review.
If you think the inspection company will just give you their “best example”, ask the agent you are working with. Your real estate professional will have your best interests at heart, and will be happy to recommend high quality inspection companies that also put your interests first.