Prior to 1984 not to many had home inspection. Pretty much everyone worked for the seller. It was “Buyer Beware” In 1984 there was a case that changed all that and made real estate agents more responcible for full disclosure. It also pretty much gave birth to the home inspection industry. https://youtu.be/AN2jYhqT8RUhttps://youtu.be/AN2jYhqT8RU
Good info, Preston.
I was “Looking Over” homes for family and friends and others in the late 70’s but it sure wasn’t a home inspection as I came to find out after studying. But, it was better than nothing.
Houses used to be more simple back then, not as many codes/standards/gadgets/technology.
In Colorado, many, if not most, real estate agents discouraged home inspections as a waste of money, because the Colorado Contract to Purchase says the house is “as is.” Then, sometime in the late 80’s (if I remember correctly), the contract was changed to include a paragraph that created a time frame for doing a home inspection even though the house is still “as is.” That changed everything. With the preprinted contract having a home inspection clause included, buyers thought they needed a home inspection and real estate agents were advised by the real estate commission that they discouraged doing home inspections at their peril.
I followed an inspector around back then that never took over an hour and a half on any home and had a 3-page check off report with sparse printing on each page. How things change!