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Inspection of Homes: a Case of Boon or Bust

February 01, 1987

David Myers's article "Critics Fault 'Hype' On Home Inspections" (Jan. 18), did not sufficiently warn about incompetent inspectors. Perhaps, the lack of quality among home inspectors results from the lack of state standards and licensing.

Before the disclosure law took effect, my neighbor sold his house. At the request of the buyer, a "professional" inspector was hired to examine the house. Although the inspector never went onto the roof or into the attic, he had detailed adverse comments about the roof.

Further, the inspector noted that the pool heater and pump might need substantial repairs; this was reported for a house that had neither a swimming pool, hot tub or even a fish pond.

It appears that this inspector was merely trying to solicit business for his home-repair contracting operation; home inspections were just a sideline.

Under the new law, sellers should report what they know. They don't really have to hire an inspector to discover something they didn't know.

DAVID E. ROSS

Agoura Hills

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