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Is there anything a home inspector can be held liable for if they miss something?

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Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 12:35
IF they make a mistake that is in their scope. There can definitely be problems they will not find. Some you will not find without opening walls etc.
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Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 12:39
To be liable, they would have to exhibit gross negligence. That's not a matter of knowing about seriously hidden issues, but not catching the things they should be catching. Like they failed to test an outlet that ended up not working that ended up being the result of the entire house being miswired. If you are concerned about deeper issues, have not only an inspection, but also a contractor come out and really get into the house.
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Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 13:36
Usually no. Any home inspector I have worked with, and I have worked with dozens, has a long disclaimer making the not liable for anything reported or missed. My higher end clients never use the all in one inspector and instead hire separate ones to inspect in their specialty. That way they can also get an estimate of any repair necessary. And considering the smaller amount each would charge to inspect, it doesn't cost that much more to do it this way. I am talking about hiring a plumber to look at the plumbing, an electrician to look at the wiring, a roofer to look at the roofing, etc.
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