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I just entered into the same world.  It is not recommended that you do your own inspection according to a couple of books that my wife and I read.  There are a number of reasons, I can't remember all of them, but I will tell you the ones I remember.  They say that the new owner may have become emotionally attached to the house already and may not be as objective as an outside inspector.  Also, unless you do this on a regular basis, you may not know what you should be looking for in regards to items which have been problems in other houses in the same area.  Most inspectors can tell you what they have seen as problems in other houses in the same area, possibly built by the same builder. I went through with a home inspector this last Monday, and I learned some things.  You may want to consider what your specialty is.  Inspectors look at a number of items including electrical, mechanical, structural, landscaping, roofing, etc.  I know about the structural, but wouldn't have known what exactly to look for in the other areas.  I was in a similar boat, wondering if I should do my own inspection, and I am now glad that I paid for it.

Zachary Goswick, EIT
Angus-Young Associates, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alden Manipula [mailto:amanipula(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 4:35 PM
To: SEAINT Listserve
Subject: doing your own house inspections

I'm entering the bold world of home ownership.  I was just wondering if it would be okay for me to do my own inspection report?  or do you all think the sellers/sellers agent/insurance company would think something is fishy?  TIA

Alden Manipula
Structural E.I.T.