Poll Reveals That Home Inspection Oversights Lead
to Major Expenses for Homeowners; *
Angie’s List (http://www.angieslist.com/AngiesList/) reveals the results for its recent home inspection poll. Drawing on the real-life experiences and feedback from many of its members across the U.S., Angie’s List has put together a list of tips to help consumers.
- (PRWEB) August 2, 2007 – A home inspection (www.angieslist.com) is an important step for in the property buying process, says Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com) founder Angie Hicks. According to a recent nationwide poll* of Angie’s List members, 30 percent said their home inspector’s oversights ended up becoming a major expense down the road. Some of the costly mistakes included mold, asbestos, termites, leaking roofs, even rats on one member’s property!
“These scenarios are all too familiar,” says Hicks. “Each day, thousands of home inspections are done across the country, with potentially costly ramifications for homeowners if they aren’t done thoroughly and properly.”
Angie’s List talked to home inspectors as well. They shared their stories about the unusual situations they’ve come across. In Denver, an inspector found a section of a house being held up by a car jack. A Charlotte inspector discovered sewage backing up into the air conditioning vents of one house and in Portland an inspector found a skeleton from a house built on an Indian burial ground.
Hicks says home inspections (www.angieslist.com) are typically the “last look” a buyer will get before making what will be their largest single investment. “That’s why it’s important to take the time to find a qualified, experienced professional who is going to do a comprehensive home inspection that you can rely on.”
Other findings of the Angie’s List poll:
• 62 % homeowners say they have been involved in a home inspection within the last two years
• 68 % found their home inspector through their real estate agent
• 36 % spent between $300 and $400 on a home inspection (The cost of an inspection depends on a number of factors including the size of the house, its age, and other services such as septic and radon testing).
• 14 % were not satisfied with the inspection
Drawing on the real-life experiences and feedback from its more than 500,000 members in 124 cities across the U.S., Angie’s List has put together its own list to help consumers:
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