I saw the video of the broadcast and was pissed and sent the email at the bottom which I suspect will find its way to his flunkies and will probably be laughed about in the office. I receive a reply as I typed this post and decided to tack it on the end.
This is crap. I am sick and tired of Home inspectors being targeted by irresponsible journalist and contractors. If it weren’t for the dishonest, ignorant and lazy home owner/seller. There wouldn’t be a need for our profession. Yes, lets not forget the lackadaisical buyer that relies on us to pull his bacon out of the fire. And if we miss anything is there any grace extended? No we are expected to repair and remodel the home. Don’t misunderstand, they are not all like that, just enough to provide me with a profession I love. Oh, please not the solicitation for disgruntled home-buyers. Cheap *hore! And he is going in after the fact. Not even a buyers inspection, a mere rip and shred.
Dear Mr. Holmes,
I have had the pleasure of viewing your television show on HGTV and accepted you as one of the good guys. You appear on the surface to care about home owners and buyers. However I have come to realize recently that you are a building contractor the same as the rest with one exception. You are a media whore. You only care about your image and will trample anyone you can, to build yourself up. You have lost a respectful viewer.
You see I am a Home Inspector and I battle with Contractors of all sorts constantly. Generals, Plumbers, Sparkys, HVAC and the occasional wannabe. The reason? They think that they understand what a Home Inspector does and what is involved in an inspection.
You clearly demonstrate your ignorance and arrogance. You have the luxury of destructive inspection, following behind others and enjoying the benefits of a relationship with the media. If I rip up carpet to verify a hunch the home seller would have my head on a platter. You get to go in when there is a complaint, and willing owner to your demolition. I see that you are now in the inspection business, and I wish you well on your newest television endeavor. I hope for you, there is no irresponsible generalizations leveled on your industry because some egotist sees an opportunity to profit or attack the opposition.
God be with you,
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