New Cell Phone App Allows Hm Inspectors To See Through Cement, Walls & Sellers.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

My home inspector owns a gizmo that allows him to see through 4 feet of cement. He's able to detect termites behind walls by looking through his sun glasses as he levitates around the home like David Blane. He also wears a special belt that he can take off and wrap around a seller to get FULL disclosure on any item of the home. He's a SUPER INSPECTOR. He can identify every tree in all 246 counties across the State of Texas by simply sniffing the bark.


Actually, none of this is true.


Despite the ongoing misconception, home inspectors cannot see through walls. They cannot tell you when your air condition is going to stop working. They don't know if your foundation needs 1, 2 or 40 piers. They have no idea if that diseased tree is lacking a certain nutrient and if and when it's going to fall on the house and crush your barbie doll collection. Home inspectors have lot of tools, but none of them allow them to fly over your home and find every crack or crevice.

If you find a problem 4 years after you move in, consider that maybe it was happened after you moved in. It's not always the home inspector "missing something." Sometimes when you drive off the lot in your brand new car you run over a nail. It happens.

Home inspectors don't take apart dishwashers, water heaters, air conditioners or toilets to "find potential problems." They inspect what they can see.

Expansive soils exist in almost every corner of your community. Foundations crack. They always will. Termites exist in almost every single lawn in the city of Houston. It's not "If" they exist, but "when" they will get "in" the home.

The smartest thing to do is hire the best inspector you can find. If you have doubts about components of the home, hire a seasoned and reputable professional that's licensed in that field.

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate

It is amazing what they expect from fellow humans...  Not a job I would want... it is getting harder to do without feeling like you'll be in trouble for unexpected unforeseen things.

May 09, 2012 02:58 PM
John Cannata
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

AN inspectors job is very important. I believe that most do the best they can and help identify problems that the plain eye cant see.

May 09, 2012 06:19 PM
Harry F. D'Elia
Investor , Mentor, CSSN, Radio Coach, REOs, ABR
Precision Real Estate Inc.

Home inspectors cannot find everything. There are times we hire a pool guy to inspect the pool not the home inspector.

May 10, 2012 06:54 AM
Palm Properties l La Jolla Real Estate

So true and I usually give my clients three names to choose from when they need a home inspector.  I have worked with all of them, but want to make sure that my clients have a choice.

May 10, 2012 08:13 AM
Carl Winters

Thank you Greg:

 As a home inspector I strive to do the best job possible for the buyer that hired me to do just that.

No I'm not "superman" but try my best to do a complete home inspection, top to bottom when it comes to inspecting items that have visible issues.

May 19, 2012 06:52 PM

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