5 Reasons Hiring Multiple Contractors to Perform a Home Inspection is a Bad Idea

Written by by Jon Bolton of The Inspectagator
Updated March 4, 2014
Inspecting a home with only trade licensed contractors would require 15 or more contractors to perform the job, says Bolton. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Charles S. of Charlottesville, Va.)

Some think that the best home inspection is one where each trade is represented by a different contractor. One highly rated provider points out the flaws.

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In my time as an inspector, customers have asked me about how to obtain the best home inspection possible. There’s a concept that the best home inspection is one in which each trade is represented by that particular contractor.

While I won’t argue that no one knows their trade better than someone licensed in that trade, there are some fundamental flaws in this theory.

1. The license holders themselves may not be performing the inspection.

Most licensed contractors can make much more money actually performing their trade than they can inspecting. Will the roofer enter and crawl through the attic? Will the electrician crawl through the attic? Not usually. They will likely send someone to perform the task in their place.

2. This sort of inspection would require more than 15 licensed contractors.

In order to inspect a home in this manner, you’ll need a roofer, a mason, a framer, a stucco contractor, a painter, a landscaper, a window and door contractor, a fascia/soffit contractor, an insulator, an electrician, a plumber, a HVAC contractor and possibly many more.

Barring the need for any other specialty and appliance contractors, engineers or others I’ve not mentioned here, you’ll need the police for crowd control and possibly a permit. To schedule this circus will require military logistics and some aspirin. 

3. It would be nearly impossible to obtain objective opinions.

Once you’ve coordinated the inspection, obtaining objective opinions may become quite difficult. Since many of the contractors may want to solicit work after the inspection is complete, the whole process could become quite expensive. 

4. Your workload will increase exponentially.

If you manage to pull off all the above, you’ll likely be up late compiling and sorting what information you obtain on site before spending close to a week making follow up phone calls to get the rest. 

You may also find difficulty understanding all of the information you’ve compiled as well as getting your realtor and the seller to stick out the process with you.

5. You may lose your chance at purchasing the home.

At the end of this marathon, you may find that another buyer with another agent and a professional home inspector have snuck in and done the job in a matter of days. If this happens, you’re out the time and money and it’s on to the next house to repeat the process.

Your best bet is to find a reputable and trustworthy home inspector near you who can complete all of the inspection tasks in a matter of days and at a lesser cost.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Jon Bolton is the owner of The Inspectagator, providing home inspection services in Orlando, Fla. Since 1998, The Inspectagator has specialized in full home inspections, tenant move in/move out documentation, mold evaluation and much more.

As of March 4, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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