We recently arrived to inspect a pre-inspected home in the Dayton area. This home had a “Pre-Inspected, Seller-Certified” sign right in the front yard. This should say that there is nothing significant for us to find wrong with the home. The sellers wanted to repair or be aware of everything, or they would not have paid that inspector to perform a pre-inspection.
What Issues Did We Find in this Pre-Inspected Home?
Upon walking into the kitchen, we saw the flue pipes for the water heater and two furnaces with incorrect clearances. This is a fire hazard. The electric sub panel had so many issues with it that we had to wonder if the previous inspector removed the cover. Additionally, the gas lines to the furnaces had no dirt leg, and worst of all, had a union on the gas line inside the furnace.
Next, we found the air conditioner was incorrectly fused. Condensate was dripping into a duct. Insulation was missing in the attic. We also found no GFCI on an updated receptacle and a leaking drain pipe. The list goes on and on. Shockingly, the pre-inspection report did not identify any of these issues. Finally, all the smoke detectors worked and were marked as not tested in the client’s report.
It is a disgrace that someone with a “certified master inspector” designation who is at the top of the Google search results could miss so much!
Not All Home Inspectors Are Equal
When a Home Inspector is hired, it is assumed that the inspector will do a really good job. It is assumed that the inspection will be detailed. It is assumed the inspector has the knowledge and training to realize what he or she is looking at. When considering hiring a Home Inspector, understand they are not all the same.
All too often, we find many issues that the sellers’ inspector did not make them aware of when they purchased their home. Upon our inspection, the sellers find out how bad their initial inspection really was. They find out that they are living with serious safety defects, and worst of all, must pay to repair the defects. Sadly, there is no standard for inspecting or licensing in Ohio. You, as a home buyer, are left trying to find a good inspector when you make your purchase.