Tri-County Inspections Complaint - You Get What You Pay For.

Review by jp28 on 2009-12-13
Bought our home in aug, home inspector was cheaper then some others we priced. First the family and big dog was home when the inspector was there, so we didn't get to see everything that was going on. The bedroom were inspected minimal, attic and backyard inspected minimal. He was there for 30min. Later to find out the bedrooms had holes in walls, no locks on windows, and broken window in one room. Electrical has some shortages which are going to need upgrading, and also the foundation is poor, we have to replace gutters with facsia and sofit because there is water damage. Windows and door suck. Sliding door is on backwards. The list can go on and on. I am sure that maybe some of these things are minor but others are not. When you buy a home for the first time you don't want to dump money as soon as you move in. We have but still needs lots of work.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-10-15
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2009-12-13:
Depending on the rules in your state, you might be able to go against the inspector and get his company to pay to repair some of this obvious damage he should have caught.

Find out who regulates home inspectors in your state and see if they are required to carry a bond to protect consumers.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2009-12-14:
I just bought my first house this past year, so I am no expert. But personally, I would have noticed things like holes in walls, missing locks etc. My house had posters and pictures hanging-I made sure to look behind them.
If people and animals are blocking access to the house while you look at it, or are getting the inspection done, you need to tell them that since you can't see the whole house you need to reschedule the appointment.
Hugh had some good advice, I'd try that route if I were you.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-14:
hugh ba
cos that's what i was thinking.

Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-12-14:
Best Answer Hugh.
By the way, now the op knows why the guy was cheaper.
Posted by wjk898 on 2012-10-15:
Home inspections are one of the most important items in a home purchase. But you MUST DO IT RIGHT!

Put your emotional attachment to the "gem you found" away - just for one day.

Make sure you are there to witness the inspection

Make sure the people and any pets are out of the house - insist that they not be there (Here's why: the old woman that I purchased a house from insisted on being there and since I had to go out of town the next day, I let it pass. Big mistake. The old Jewess was actually deliberately interfering with the inspection and as a result he missed two biggies including an electrical code violation and a shower floor crack due to a sunken foundation. I was there and saw her "friendly interaction" but I only realized after the fact why she was canoodling and acting cute. That wench was diverting our attention from certain things!!

But there's more: I knew of two problems that this inspector completely missed. And at the end of the inspection I showed him. Between his cavalier attitude and the seller's attempts to cover things up, I really should have just cancelled or postponed the inspection and the purchase agreement. Fixing that stuff wound up costing me a lot of money. And the inspectors fee wasn't exactly chump change.

Home inspectors in my book are all too often crooks/flunkies/amateurs just out trying to flip a quick buck. So..be careful who you hire. As a rule of thumb, if he's too chicken to crawl COMPLETELY up in an attic and look around, or get TOTALLY up on a roof, fire him on the spot. It's your money, know what goes into an inspection ahead of time; look over the place yourself on your own; and insist up front that its a total inspection or nothing.

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