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Fees vary according to thoroughness

By Barry Stone | Access Media Group

  1. Q. Barry, Before we bought our home, we called 5 home inspectors to compare quotes for an inspection. What surprised us was the wide range in prices. By shopping around, we saved nearly $200 on the price of our inspection. Why do some inspectors charge so much more for the same service?
  1. A. Home inspectors don't charge more for the same service. In nearly every case, they charge more because their inspection services are more thorough and more comprehensive, because they are significantly more experienced at inspecting homes, and because they disclose more of the conditions that would be of concern to you as a buyer. Inspectors who charge less, particularly those who charge $100-$200 less, are generally new to the inspection business and lack the skills to perform the kind of inspection you, as a buyer, would want. They charge less because, as brand new inspectors, they are trying to jump-start their fledgling businesses. The question you should now be asking is NOT "why do some inspectors charge so much more?", but rather, "what defects did my bargain home inspector fail to disclose?"

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Avoiding A Chimney Fire

Dan Bowers @ Holmes Inspection Company

Ever crawl inside a fireplace and look up past the damper? Or climb up on your roof and look down the flue? There are some telltale signs that are easily identifiable that indicate you should hire a professional chimney sweep. For instance, if opening the damper leaves your face covered in soot, if you can run your pinky finger through the mortar and it falls out like sand, if you can pull bricks out above the roofline and re-align them like Lego® blocks, if you have charred wood in the attic touching the chimney…all of these are serious issues. Don’t laugh. As dangerous as these signs are, home inspectors see these issues too regularly.

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Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring was commonly used for wiring homes throughout North America, built from the 1960s to the late 1970s, due to copper being high priced, and aluminum being a cheap alternative. Electrical devices such as receptacles, light switches, fans, and other fixtures, weren’t designed to be used with the aluminum wiring of this time period. Homes with the older aluminum wiring are more at risk of a potential fire hazard.

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