So, you paid for a home inspection but your inspector put "I recommend further evaluation" in the report for several items or systems. What's next?
The buck stops here! Home inspection is an easy business to go in to. Almost anyone can be a home inspector. Unfortunately, that means that many home inspectors lack the knowledge or the confidence to give you definitive opinions about items or systems with problems.
There may be legitimate times when an inspector may have reason to suspect a problem that is outside the scope of a home inspection but those should be rare. In those cases, such as when something need to be disassembled, you may need to consult with a specialist. However, almost always when an inspector recommends further evaluation of an item or a sysem, it is something that is within the scope of a home inspection but the inspector simply lacks the knowledge, the confidence, or both, to give a definitive opinion. That's where I come in.
I have been involved with construction, maintenance, and facilities management for more than 45 years, since the early 1970s. I can tell you in a phone call whether you likely need a specialist or you just need someone to finish the inspection. Almost always, all you need is someone who can finish the inspection.
I rarely need to recommend further evaluation by anyone else. I have the knoweldge and the confidence to give you the answers you need to make your purchase decision. I will give you a completely unbiased opinion of any item or system in your home. If I do arrive and find that I cannot give you a definitive opinion, you can be sure that it is because it is outside the scope of a traditional inspection and that, either way, you have a qualified second opinion.
The system that home inspectors most often recommend further evaluation of is the electrical system. I have been a licensed electrician since the mid 1970s. I've been licensed as an electrical contractor (Ohio) since 1981.
I have training, education, and skills that go well beyond that of a typical electrician or electrical contractor. I will be able to tell you things about your electrical system that your home inspector and most electricians can't.
I can do an in depth evaluation of your electrical system and give you the guidance you need. I do not perform any electrical repairs or installation work so you never have to worry about a potential conflict of interest. You also won't have to worry about someone trying to scare you into buying something you don't need. I'll help you make informed decisions.
Sellers, you do not have to accept the findings of a home inspector without question. Many home inspectors lack knowledge and self-confidence. They put on a show to try to impress their clients by listing many minor items in an inspection report that have no legitimate reason for being in the report. Then they brag about how long the report is and how thorough they were. The reality is that they are doing both the seller and the buyer a disservice.
The purpose of a home inspection is not to nit-pick every small item. The goal of a home inspection is to assess the overall condition of the home and to identify material defects or deficiencies. A material defect or deficiency is one that adversely affects the habitibility or value of the home. It is not intended to find every loose door knob, cracked switchplate, cosmetic, or normal maintenance items.
Whether you are a seller, buyer, or real estate agent, you have a lot at stake in a real estate transaction. Don't let a bad inspection stop the sale. Get a qualified second opinion from an inspector with more than 45 years experience in construction, maintenance, and facilities management.