Originally Posted by Yuma Taco
Please be real careful of "Home Inspectors"
I have found that MANY (not all) are grads of the school of XXX for the week of ????. (you can get my point).
Some are very good at one area but it is almost impossible to be an expert in ALL areas.
I have gone back on houses where the A/C failed to pass their test only to find that the inspector had all the doors wide open and took temps near an open light bulb....
(The system was with in specs).
Also make sure IT WAS mold and not a stain or algee, there are specific tests and the normal Home Inspector owns the proper tools.
Brief education - Home Inspectors are 'Generalists' and not expected to be "experts" in everything.
While there are plenty of bad ones just as i see in the heating and cooling business, the electrical trades, the framing trades, the roofing trades, overhead door / opener installers, etc., a good Home Inspector is paid a fraction of what it would cost to have an alleged 'expert' in each trade inspect that component in that home.
The idea is that if you got a good home inspector and not one from the diploma mills and/or a realtors favorite because they don't 'complicate' their sales, you are generally spending among the best $300-$400 bucks you have ever spent.
Obviously, the 'inspector' you followed on the A/C call was not a 'good one'. A good home inspector will call out concerns and defer them to the alleged 'expert'. Whether that tradesperson is a 'good one' will be anyones guess.
A good inspector will also not make a habit of being wrong. This means continued ed and paying attention while you go so you are less likely to make the same mistake twice. It also means researching the hell out of something when you don't have the answer.
The longer you are in the business, the less likely it is you run into something you haven't seen before, similar to 'professionals' in any trade. Guys that just hope they don't run into something they are not familiar with again instead of researching it to stregthen themselves professionally are probably the guys that make the same mistakes repeatedly, regardless of the trade or occupation.