Building Inspectors at HADD

Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings has compiled a list of links to information on inspectors. Why you should have a new home, older home, or manufactured home inspected before
you buy.

Complaint Filing

Homeowners Against Deficient
Dwellings HADD has created complaint forms to allow you to tell us about
your home. Tell us about your builder, building inspector, building code
violations, and problems with your home. The complaint forms only take
a couple of minutes to fill in.

Inspector Complaint Form

If you are filing a complaint against a Building Inspector, please use our Builder Complaint Form. Currenty HADD no longer has a seperate complaint form for Inspectors. When you get to the complaint form, state in the Description of Situation area of the form that your complaint is with your Home Inspector. This full-featured Complaint Form will allow you to tell us about your Home, Home Builder, and Inspector. Go to the Builder Complaint Form.

Builder Complaint Form

If you are filing a complaint against a Builder, Lender, or Remodeler, please use our Builder Complaint Form. This full-featured Complaint Form will allow you to tell us about
your Home, and Home Builder. We are working on other Complaint Forms for our site that will include Lenders and Remodelers. For now, use the Builder Complaint Form for Lenders and Remodelers. Go to the Builders Complaint Form.

Inspectors in the News

Inspectors look at themselves - New code of ethics clarifies relationship to sales agents - May 23, 2004

By GARY T. PAKULSKI - The Toledo Blade - Eager to market his business, home inspector Stephen Gladstone attempted to leave a stack of business cards at a real estate office, only to be asked to pony up.
"They told me the only way I could leave them is if I paid $100," he recalled.

He refused, concluding that such payments compromise the independence of home inspectors.

And now, a top industry trade group that Mr. Gladstone leads is implementing a new code of ethics that more clearly lays out boundaries in the relationship between home inspectors and real estate agents. Full Article

Buyers challenge builders - 'Autopsies' inspect home construction - Jan. 05, 2002

By Chris Fiscus - The Arizona
Republic - It is 7 a.m. on a Monday and close to a dozen construction trucks are rambling through the peaceful neighborhood. Soon, the crews are cutting this and sawing that and climbing about on roofs. They're not here to build homes, though. They're here to tear them apart. It's a scene being repeated in the Ahwatukee Foothills and Mesa, and several locations in between, as more East Valley homeowners challenge their builders' workmanship. Full Article

Winston Hills, Inc. d//b/a Home Team Inspection Service

Unfair Contractual binding Arbitration Clause Full Article

Department of Building Inspection

To provide Chesterfield County
the very best building inspection services in a friendly, courteous and professional manner, which ensures the health, safety and welfare of our community. Full Article

Home buyers turn to private inspections - Jan. 02, 2002

By Catherine Reagor - When Bob and Gail Johnson decided to buy a new home in northeast Phoenix last summer, they wanted to make sure it was built well. So the couple hired their own home inspector. The inspector went through the house three times during various stages of its construction, taking digital photos of any potential problems. Full Article

Independent Home Inspectors of North America

The mission of the Independent Home Inspectors of North American is to promote consumer protection for home buyers by working with state and provincial legislators to enact amendments
to the real estate broker and salespersons licensing laws. The purpose of these amendments would be to remove the real estate agent's involvement from the home inspector selection process for prospective home buyers. Full Article

100 Houses a Day - A Special Report on Home Building - Arizona

A home buyer's guide to potential problems.
Full Article

Inspectors focus on sloppy foundation work in new houses - 10/19/2001

By Adolfo Pesquera - Express-News business writer - A team of engineers from the Texas Department of Insurance met recently with two independent home building inspectors to examine building materials and construction methods that could contribute to mold infestations. In the ensuing tour of new housing sites, the team bore witness to the many ways houses are being built improperly in Texas today. Mark Eberwine, an inspector with Five Star Home Inspections, described a building industry that's so careless that shoddy workmanship had become the norm. "It's almost like every single house you go to is set up for a mold problem. In the
state of Texas, there is no oversight," he said. Full Article

Inspector: Contractors need to return calls

By Mike Fimea - Arizona Business Gazette - August 30, 2001 - Considering that growth is arguably Arizona's biggest industry, it's no wonder the state is considered fertile ground
for starting a contracting business. Full Article

Bob Mecshner has seen the consequences of the construction boom.

State Regulations

Home Inspectors are regulated by the laws of contract, fair trade practice, negligence and fraud, just as are other professionals and businesses. Some states have added direct regulation of one sort or another. As of August 2001, the following states have regulations which directly affect Home Inspectors. Full Article

August 20, 2001 - Press Release - SOURCE: Crossmann Communities, Inc. - Crossmann Clarifies Recent Reports

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossmann Communities, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROS - news) today is offering information to help clarify certain customer service and inspection issues
reported in a recent local television news story. Management intends to investigate fully any customer problems and will make addressing them a top priority. At the heart of the television news story is the issue of inspection and certification by local building authorities. Every city, county or other local jurisdiction has its own building inspection process. Crossmann failed to receive written documentation of the city's final inspection of approximately 30 homes in Kokomo, Indiana. In every case, the houses did receive a walk-through with the customer and an inspection by an independent third-party professional inspector certified by FHA, VA, or conventional lender. The company's failure to obtain a city sign-off in Kokomo was an oversight -- and Indianapolis division managers are working with the city to rectify the situation. Crossmann is completely committed to following the requirements of every local jurisdiction in which it operates. Any construction problems that may have occurred in the Indianapolis metropolitan market are of great concern to Crossmann's management, since Indianapolis represents approximately 40% of the Company's closing volume. ``This is
our hometown and it's our core business,'' says Crossmann's president, Steve Dunn. ``We take this very seriously.'' The Company is aware of seven open complaints on file with the Attorney General's office and has already responded to them. To put this into perspective, Crossmann has built and closed more than 18,000 new homes over the past five years, of which almost
9,300 were closed in central Indiana. Full Article

Victimized homeowner now faces fine - South Dartmouth resident ordered to make repairs

By Sacha Pfeiffer, Globe Staff, 10/2/2001 - In July, when the multiple structural flaws in Richard Vargas's South Dartmouth home were highlighted in a Globe Spotlight Team report on how town building inspectors often overlook shoddy construction, Vargas hoped public officials would come to his aid. Now, the town building inspector has decided to do something about the violations his office missed - by threatening to fine the homeowner, who was victimized first by the builder and then by inattentive local inspectors. Full Article

House, logic both unsound - By Adrian Walker, Globe Staff, 10/4/2001

Somebody in Dartmouth has decided it's all the fault of Richard and Lillian Vargas. All their fault that their hard-earned retirement home is basically uninhabitable. All their fault that their contractor misrepresented himself and his work, filing for bankruptcy and heading for the shadows after his unlicensed, shoddy work was exposed. And, most remarkably, all their fault that the town inspectors who were supposed to protect their safety failed miserably at their task. As Sacha Pfeiffer of the Globe Spotlight Team reported in July, the Vargases'
dream home in South Dartmouth is a mess: interior walls that lean; exterior walls that are crooked; and a master bedroom in danger of collapse because a critical support column was never installed. Full Article

North Carolina Supreme Court Allows Homeowners to Sue for Negligent Building Inspection - September 24, 2001

By Scott E. Hennigh - Thelen Reid & Priest LLP - The Thompsons hired Michael Waters to build a home in North Carolina. After construction was complete and the Thompsons moved in, they began seeing stress fractures, cracks, settling of foundations and shifting of walls in the house. An inspection uncovered substantial structural defects and numerous building code violations. The Thompsons sued Waters for defective construction. They also sued Lee County for its building code inspector's negligent inspection and approval of the defective work. As soon as the complaint was filed and before any facts had been gathered, Lee County filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that it was immune from liability under the "Public Duty Doctrine." The doctrine holds that a public entity cannot be held liable for negligent performance of obligations on behalf of the public. Lee County argued that because it was performing
inspections as part of its public duty, it could not be held liable for negligently performing that duty. The trial court granted the motion to dismiss. The Thompsons appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed. The Thompsons appealed again to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which accepted their view and reversed. Thompson v. Waters, 351 N.C. 462; 526 S.E.2d 650 (2000). Full Article

Home inspector injured inspecting Crossmann home

Chris Schnepf says he suffered a broken back while inspecting a Crossmann home. NOBLESVILLE, Aug. 31 - You've seen complaints about Crossmann homes. But until now we haven't heard about any of the alleged problems causing anyone to break their back. Chris Schnepf is a home inspector. Ten weeks ago he was doing a final check for the buyer of a Crossmann house in Noblesville. He climbed into the attic through a door. But on the way down, ìWell, I fell and the part of the fall I don't remember, undoubtedly I tried to grab hold of things." The fall knocked him out. It also broke his back. Full Article

Creek Bridge Homes Complaints at Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings HADD

Homeowner files complaints about Creek Bridge Homes. Full Article.

1. Creek Bridge Homes Complaint - California

Sick Home

In June of 2000 my family bought a home that we thought was our dream home. It was our first home and we went through FHA. We were lead to believe that we did not need a home inspector,
that we had an FHA inspector and they were great at their jobs. If anything
was wrong he would find it. Well, that is not true at all. Our family started getting sick once we closed up the house for the winter. Full Article

I-Team: Inspecting the Inspectors - August 01, 2001

(WBZ) Ken Moulton's roof is collapsing--pushing out the walls of his house. Rainwater is constantly leaking in, creating large amounts of mold inside. Kevin Moulton worries, "this is unhealthy, it could also be deadly." Estimated cost to fix this house--$125,000 So what went wrong here? The I-team asked contractor Doug Williams to examine Moulton's house. I've never seen anything in such a poor condition as this house, Mr. Williams declared. They used lumber that was too small. They used lumber in pieces instead of one continuous piece. They basically didn't follow the building code at all." Who was responsible for catching these mistakes? The town building inspector, Richard Bearse now retired and living in Florida. He was supposed to be watching every step of this home's construction back in 1988. Full Article

Inspectors risk disciplinary action - Ontario home inspectors' group warns members about Home-Link-style referral fees - June 04, 2001

Inman News Features - Real estate referral programs may affect the independence of professional home inspectors in Canada, according to the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors. The association has given its members written notice that participation in referral programs violates the group's code of conduct. This notice was in response to requests that the association's discipline and professional practices committee clarify its position on Home-Link
Services Canada, a real estate referral service business. Home-Link provides home sellers and home buyers with referrals for products and services related to real estate transactions. Service providers typically must pay an annual access fee in order to be referred and pay Home-Link a transaction fee for each inspection performed. Home inspectors who don't pay such
fees aren't referred to consumers through Home-Link, according to the inspectors' association. Full Article

Stucco Problems Found in California Homes - June 1, 2001

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 1, 2001--The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) cautions home buyers to have their prospective home inspected by a professional so that they will be informed about potential stucco problems on the home purchase they are considering. Stucco adheres best when applied directly over cement-based materials; a stucco color coat, when correctly installed, should be expected to last for 20-50 years, or more. Stucco problems can arise as a result of money-saving shortcuts that occurred in the stucco
application. When stucco is installed over paint, adhesion is compromised, resulting in chipping and peeling. Adequate surface preparation should include the removal of old paint by means of sand blasting, or application of a special primer. Failure to sandblast or prime is a sign of faulty workmanship. Stucco applied to paint is a substandard condition that creates
ongoing maintenance problems due to continued delimitation. Periodic patching will be needed to maintain a presentable appearance, and disclosure to prospective buyers will be necessary when the property is sold. Full Article

REAL ESTATE: Board calls Home-Link weak, tells affiliated inspectors 'goodbye' - April 30, 2001

By Earl Daniels - Times-Union business writer - An Arvida Realty Services program that provides a list of preferred inspectors to homeowners is a violation of the standards of
practice and code of ethics of the Florida Association of Building Inspectors board of directors. The decision was made on March 10 in Jacksonville at a general meeting of the association's board of directors. Also, the board of directors decided membership in the association of inspectors will be terminated if an inspector participates in Arvida's Home-Link Partners program. Full Article

Inspecting the Inspectors: Part 1

You move into your brand new home and you find it's not a peach, but a lemon. New home building is up in central Indiana, and so are the complaints. "At that point I was almost in tears, it actually snowed in the house. When it settles it sinks." "It's snowing in my house my furnace is running twenty-four-seven. I have two babies in the house. It's freezing." Voices of frustration. What's behind the cracked floors, the crooked walls and dangerous electrical outlets in these brand new homes? These houses go up from foundation to roof in an incredible three months. And Brownsburg is one of the boom areas in Central Indiana. But Creekside Commons isn't Pleasantville. The News-8 I-Team had bad news for homeowners in this development. Seventeen homes weren't inspected by the Town of Brownsburg at the most important stage in the construction. Angie Buckner's home is one of them. One day a neighbor pointed out Angie's home had no roof vents. That's something that should have been caught during an inspection. Full Article

Inspecting the Inspectors: Part 2

Our News-8 investigation last night into city inspectors has prompted calls of home horror stories to flood into WISH-TV. Trouble hidden under the drywall and missed inspections don't just happen in small towns. Marion and Hamilton counties are those two fastest growing areas. The I-Team investigates why a boom in construction sometimes means a bust in safety. "I can't keep doing this anymore," homeowner Lisa Hurrle states. This is why: "The way our house is built, it's going to fall in." Fall in because of the foundationÖ "Went only 8 inches
deep, supposed to be 32 inches deep." Lisa doesn't just blame the builder, she blames Marion County. "They came and painted this orange line." Full Article

Inspecting the Inspectors: Part 3

When home inspectors do their job right, sometimes they make builders and contractors angry. That's where politicians come in. Karen Hensel of the News 8 I-team spent two months
"Inspecting the Inspectors". We found political pressure on home inspectors who tell us they face it everyday. If you are building a home, political pressure could be dangerous. Steve Dewitt was surprised when a U.S. Conressman got involved in a problem he had with his new home. He says, "they were in such a hurry to push this closing". Steve was about to move in with
his kids when he noticed the vents weren't hooked up right. He told a builder employee the furnace wasn't safe and he was concerned about a problem with carbon monoxide poisoning, the silent killer. Full Article

New Homes and why you need a Professional Home Inspector:

Many of you believe that if you purchase a new home you will not have problems. Not so! The courts are full of new home owners trying to sue builders (and it is not easily done; with arbitration clauses written in the Builder's contracts). Full Article

Inspectors recommend independent assessments of new homes

When you buy something new, you expect it to be perfect. That's what Windy Morgan thought when she bought a new townhouse this spring in Shakopee, and that's why she balked when her real estate agent urged her to hire an independent home inspector. Like most new-home buyers, Morgan assumed that the $154,000 house was going to be perfect, so she didn't think an inspection was necessary. But she acquiesced because her relocation package included enough money to pay for the inspection. Full Article

Home inspection tips

An independent home inspection does not duplicate the services of an appraiser or municipal building inspector. It is a third-party visual inspection of the house and its readily accessible components. Full Article

Inspector Complaints

I am appalled at what home inspectors are getting away with! We purchased a six year home in Lancaster County, Pa last year. Prior to purchasing a home, we hired an ASHI inspector to inspect the premises. He had me sign a pre-inspection agreement. Unfortunately, we did not realize that there was a binding arbitration clause that attempts to limit our right to many legal remedies that we would otherwise be entitled to. The arbitration clause was inconspicuous and sandwiched between language that, ironically, speaks of his promise to perform the inspection according to ASHI guidelines. Full Article

House Inspections

Before you finalize your house purchase, you'll want to be sure the house is in good condition. Here are the first steps to take. Inspecting the physical condition of a house is
an important part of the homebuying process. In some states, such as California, buyers may have the advantage of a law that requires sellers to disclose considerable information about the condition of the house, as well as potential hazards from floods, earthquakes, fires and environmental hazards. (See Seller Disclosures.) But regardless of whether or not the seller provides disclosures, you should have the property inspected for defects or malfunctions
in the building's structure such as the roof or plumbing. You should first conduct your own inspection. Ideally, you should do this before you make a formal written offer so that you can save yourself the trouble should you find serious problems. There are several useful do-it-yourself inspection books available.

How the Home Inspection Licensing Act Can Protect Buyers From Environmental Hazards

The residential home inspection industry, unregulated and often uninsured, will be subject to a new regulatory scheme beginning next month. The New Jersey Home Inspection Professional
Licensing Act, which takes effect July 6, requires home inspectors to acquire a license from the state, maintain minimum standards of practice and ethics, and carry insurance for their errors and omissions. Full Article

Inspector hired by paper says construction problems can be difficult to detect

A private home inspector hired by the Sun-Sentinel to examine seven houses in four developments found numerous examples of poor workmanship and one visible building code violation. The inspector, Norman Sage, has 17 years of experience as a general contractor and owns Coral Springs-based Residential Inspections of Florida Inc. He has inspected houses since 1987. The Sun-Sentinel selected the houses based on homeowner complaints of problems. Here are the findings of Sage and his director of inspection operations, Ed Rose: Full Article

Durham City-County Inspections Department

Most Frequently Found CodeViolations Full Article

Buying a home? You need us!

We have one goal in mind, CONSUMER PROTECTION! It is our obligation and duty to provide you with as much information as possible about a home so that you can make a responsible decision about your purchase. 90% of all our work comes from past client referrals. We do not advertise to or solicit work from any real estate agencies. We work only for you, the buyer! Full Article

Freddy Mac's Free Home Inspection Kit

The purpose of this kit is to give you the tools you need to select and maintain the right home for you. We think you'll agree that the right home for you is affordable, comfortable
and within your means to maintain for as long as you choose to live in it. Full Article

To hire or not to hire the LICENSED!!

Did you know that HOME INSPECTORS IN KANSAS are not licensed? That we know of there are not licensure boards in many states that these people must report to as does an electrician
or plumber. Full Article

"Hiring a home inspector?"

Dateline NBC Sara James story
Full Article

Letter from a homeowner to Sara James

I was watching your piece on NBC Dateline tonight and Mr. Cuomo talked about a Buyers Protection Plan to protecting the consumer against bad appraisers. Mr. Cuomo, not to be
disrespectful but.....where is it? Full Article

Carl Mileff & Associates, Inc.

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