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May 07, 1988 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-07

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of the inspection is supplied to the
buyer within a few days. Grossman
suggests buyers shop around for
an inspector with experience.
"Talk to your friends who have
bought and sold homes or get a
list of referrals from a realtor," adds
Grossman. "A good home inspec-
tor, however, will never kill a sale.
The house will kill the sale, we just
find the problems."
During the inspection, a buyer
can really become acquainted
with the home. John McCormick
of McCormick Consultants,
another home inspector located in
Birmingham says, "Many times
things go wrong in the home
because the new owner doesn't
know how to maintain it. I try to
provide a tremendous amount of
information to the buyer during the
inspection, on how to care for the
home." The workings of the fur-
nace, the proper operation of an
attic fan and the electrical service
are all pointed out. "Water in the
basement can scare any buyer,"
says McCormick, "but most times,
a few bags of top soil added
around the outside of the founda-
tion will solve the problem." An in-
spection, however, is not a guaran-
ty or a warranty on the house, but
an extra set of experienced eyes.
Buyers of newly constructed
homes and condominiums are
also using home inspectors to
check out their potential in-
vestments. "A condominium buyer
should know about the outside of
their condo," says McCormick.
"The condition of the roof and the
general maintenance that is being
done is important information for
all buyers." Any future work on the
exterior, will be assessed to all the
owners."
une way to find an inspector in
this area is from the American
Society of Home Inspectors, which
regulates and sets standards of
practice and ethics for inspectors.
Their address is: 3299 K Street,
Washington, D.C. 20007. Phone:
(202) 842-3096.
A listing of inspectors can also
be found in the Yellow Pages
under Building Inspection Ser-
vice.

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