1. We bought a one-hundred plus year-old home and discovered a foundation problem after moving in. Do we have recourse?

    Reader Question: We bought a one-hundred plus year-old home. Tenants occupied it at the time of purchase, and we couldn’t move in for three months. It is our first house. It has a stone wall foundation and wooden beams supported by screw jacks. An addition has a concrete block foundation. The home inspection called for […]

    October 22, 2018
  2. What are the main questions you get about home inspectors?

    Reader Question: Here is a home inspector’s question. Customers tell me I am a good inspector. I always want to improve my methods when I can. Your answer to this question may help focus my efforts. What are the main questions you get from consumers about home inspectors? Monty’s Answer: Incorporating the continuous improvement philosophy into […]

    April 18, 2017
  3. I am a home inspector. An agent I work with is always giving me a hassle to "ease up." I don't want to lose him. How do I handle him?

    Reader Question: I am a home inspector. ​I work with an agent from whom I always get agent pressure to “take it easy.” I refuse to lower my standards, but I’m concerned about him finding a replacement. How would you suggest I approach ​t​his? ​Monty’s Answer: The situation you describe may be a very delicate […]

    January 30, 2017
  4. How do we go about hiring a home inspector?

      Reader Question: We will looking to buy a home in the near future. When thinking about hiring a home inspector, how do we pick a quality one? Randy and Mary Ann G. Monty’s Answer: Now is a good time to be thinking about hiring a home inspector. Because a home purchase or sale is likely your […]

    January 10, 2017
  5. What makes a good home inspector?

    Reader Question: We found a home we want to make an offer on and our agent wants us to use a home inspector that is on their “team.” The agent believes the “team inspector” is the only good inspector in town. We have heard differently. Being we did not have our first home inspected, we […]

    July 8, 2014
  6. Why do I have to sign disclosures if I'm selling "as is"?

    Reader Question: If a counter offer agreeing to the low purchase price, but also designating the property purchase is ‘AS IS’ has been signed and accepted by the buyer, why does the seller have to sign as declining to fix 3 small items on the inspection report? BJ T. Monty’s Answer: Hello BJ, and thanks for the […]

    August 27, 2013