Yaaaay! Another question! This one comes from an anonymous reader:
I’m not sure if this question has been answered, but looking through your blog, I cant help but wonder: Did you get a home inspection before buying your house??!
Good Question! The answer is YES, we did! Because I’m pretty sure it’s required by law. But it was probably just about the most generic inspection you could get. It’s the only home inspection report I’ve ever seen, so I guess I’m not really sure how it compares to other inspections, but to my unprofessional eye, it looked about as unprofessional and generic as a home inspection could get. We just hired whoever our realtor recommended. I’m googling the name of the company that did the inspection, and nothing comes up. They have very little web presence. Don’t know if that’s good or bad.
But I’m guessing you’re asking this because you’re looking at all of the home improvement posts and thinking, “OMG, why did you buy that house??? Did you know it was falling apart before you bought it???”
So, as I think back on all the projects we’ve done since we bought the place back in 2006, I don’t think we’ve encountered anything we didn’t know about the house before we bought it that a better inspection would have told us. Sure there have been surprises:
- It would have been nice to know that the framing in the bathroom had significant water damage, but a better inspection wouldn’t have been able to tell us the extent of the water damage – I don’t think.
- It would have been nice to know that the chimney was totally messed up, but the attic space was sealed off when we bought the place, so no inspector would have been able to tell us that.
- A better inspection probably would have tipped us off to some of the code violations in our circuit breaker box, but we were certainly prepared for there to be some strange things going on with the wiring before we bought it.
- It would have been nice to know that the flared eave feature results in ice dam city, but I’m not sure that’s the sort of thing inspectors even report on.
Reuben: Really? That’s gr-
Inspector Reuben: You didn’t see it since we’re just talking on the phone, but I just winked at you.