In prehistoric times, when a family was considering a move to a different cave (Hey…who wants to stay in the same old cave their whole life, right?), they probably communicated with their cave-dwelling neighbors to get an opinion as to whether or not their new cave was up to par…whether or not their potentially new abode was in satisfactory condition…whether it was prone to leakage or to leave them…out in the cold.
There were likely some fellow cavemen that had a bit more experience with the evaluation of caves than others. So, they were sought out to give their opinion even though that opinion might have been delivered through a series of gestures and grunts…since they didn’t have any hand-held PDA’s, touch-screen computers, or highly developed language to convey their thoughts and findings.
And, no doubt, their were various levels of professionalism among the acknowledged and preferred cave assessors that led the cave-dwelling masses to choose one assessor over another in their search for new shelter…some combination of combined experience and ability to effectively communicate (Arghghhh…Urgghh…Hyrpthmblomsit) that separated them from some other creature. It’s the same way today with modern Home Inspectors…although most can communicate in their native dialect and most use computers, some sans the touch-screen, of course. Some are good, some are not so good, and some are, well…pretty darned good.
While a fairly high percentage of most all modern Home Inspectors do a reasonable job of assessing the physical condition of a home, they can be generally divided into 5 categories or types:
• The Nit-Wit Inspector – This is the inspector that advertises the cheapest prices (sometimes referred to a Cheap Charlie) and gives the least value to his clients. They speak as little as possible (perhaps out of necessity), deliver their poor hand-written reports in a week or so after repeated prompting, and rarely engage in anything approaching any high degree of critical thought process beyond how to get home as quickly as possible. Often, they often have little knowledge or concern about the rules and standards that pertain to their field of work. You may end up wondering if there’s really anyone home…they might come across as being just shy of a full load…if ya’ know what I mean. The Nit-Wit inspector is sort of like the cockroach on the wedding cake….and is best avoided by everyone. Keep Reading, There’s More