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Old 09-19-2012, 05:16 AM  
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Everyone who ever walks in the house mentions the lack of railings. I had a smart contractor in yesterday and he say the staircase is structurally fine as well as the neighbour remembers it was a pro who installed it. I think stan was intended to finish it since he is cabinet maker. But i like the open concept too, so i'll just leave. It serves as good table now and then too.

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:07 AM  
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I was referring to the apparent capabilities of the inspector, whose report spawned the original post. Missing the obvious safety/code issues is an indication of the ability and he may just be an out of work contractor with no credentials.

The views on other problems can only be discovered with the removal of certain items, visual observations give enough clues to much bigger problems. The buyer and inspector are only guests in the house and open the doors with red flags doors for specialists, like structural engineers such as BridgeMan suggested that can give more accurate information on what is required to the buyer on the credits expected for deficiencies in the home. As a registered engineer, I always found it to be hindrance when the owner has the right to limit accessibility for you to look at many things until after he sold the home.

A smart seller will hire the most expensive ($400+) home inspector around (for a pre-sale/prelisting inspection) to point out the problems for correction since he has more experience and knows what the buyers inspector ($250-$350 for an inspection) might find.


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Old 09-19-2012, 05:45 PM  
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I wish people would put cameras to work and make an album of all the work done on there house. Whether they do the work themselves or use contractors a photo history can answer alot of questions when you are triing to solve problems or sell the house.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:56 AM  
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I started working on my house a few years ago and i always take pictures of before and after .
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