When things need to be fixed or replaced we either fix them or repair them ourselves or hire someone that can.
Sometimes we even build additions onto our homes—hopefully by qualified parties, but that is not the point.
All of these things are an opportunity for mistakes to happen.
Even with the best contractors or repair persons, mistakes WILL happen.
In one of my recent posts I showed where a new roof had been installed and the kitchen exhaust duct had been roofed right over resulting in the exhaust being non-functional for the past 15 years. There are hundreds and hundreds of opportunities like this with any work that is done on the home.
For a couple of hundred bucks you could hire a home inspector to come in after the repair person just for a second set of eyes on the project to catch a bigger percentage of the things that might have been overlooked.
It is not a guarantee that there will be no mistakes, after all the inspector cannot see inside walls etc. However, the more egregious things will have a chance of being found and corrected.
I am not going to attempt to make a list of all of the things that can be missed because it could end up as long as the number of components that exist in a home.
A few of the things though are like the covered over exhaust vents previously discussed, vent flaps tapped shut during painting, smoke detectors still covered from painting, plumbing vent pipe test caps still in place, missing GFCI protection, missing AFCI protection, the electrical meter not resealed, water heater TPRV drains running up hill, gas appliances not elevated in garages, weather-stripping not installed on attic access hatch after insulating attic, holes through the b-vent after the furnace replacement, etc. The list goes on and on.
A simple call to your helpful home inspector could pay for a lot of heartache later.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board