Posted by frank on January 04, 1999 at 10:12:33:
It really depends who one hires. I have found some pretty good inspectors that are worth their weight in gold. Their trained eyes can tell you things like how much longer is this roof going to hold up. They know the ins and outs and life expectancies of all the systems. I know this because I acquired my license in Texas which (along with California) has the most stringent regulations for Home Inspectors. It’s not only tough getting the license but hard to renew.
If you want to pre-assess the condition of a house, I would recommend maybe ordering some of the forms that these inspection schools offer. They are mostly in checklist format and can be followed when doing a preliminary walk-thru. This should give investors a very general idea of what their getting(depending on the ability of the person doing the walk-thru). However there is no substitute for a good inspectors advice if getting serious about buying. The really good ones have enough construction background to even give you rough idea of how much it’s going to cost to fix everything. Hope this helps