Know what’s in the home inspector’s fine print before hiring them.
Q: We hired a home inspector to help us out when we were buying a home in Chicago. We received the report, reviewed it and later closed. The report indicated some minor inspection issues but nothing major.
About a week after our closing we called an air conditioning company to come evaluate our system. We knew that some repairs would be needed and were looking for some estimates. The contractor went to the utility room and immediately told us that he wouldn't even dare get close to our heating unit. He showed my husband how the pipes and ducts around the furnace were wrapped in asbestos. He also told my husband that the asbestos was in terrible condition and would need to be replaced by an asbestos contractor.