NEW YORK (This Old House)
Charles Bellefontaine found out the hard way the value of a good home inspection. In 1991, Bellefontaine and his wife, Loretta, signed a contract to buy a three-bedroom, one-bath Georgian-style house in Elmhurst, Illinois.
A framing carpenter, he figured he had enough experience to size up the property for potential shortcomings. So to save money, Bellefontaine skipped hiring an inspector and handled the task himself.
He declared the house fit, and the couple completed the purchase. Within a year, Bellefontaine found out how wrong he was: A leaky bathtub on the second floor damaged the kitchen ceiling below, an improperly sized circuit breaker posed a fire hazard, and the roof needed to be replaced. Buying the home had stretched the couple's finances so perilously that they had to borrow money from Loretta's mother to pay for the repairs.
"We hadn't been married that long, and you can imagine how that incident went over with the family," Bellefontaine says. "I may have known something about construction, but I did not know how to thoroughly inspect the property." Loretta puts it more succinctly: "He was a know-it-all, and we paid for it."
Fortunately, most people do not attempt their own home inspections. But even hiring a professional contractor doesn't guarantee that a newly purchased home isn't harboring unpleasant surprises.
By hiring a Master Home Inspector like me, gives you the best possible chance .
So and have your home inspected by a Master Home Inspector.
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