Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor inspect my new home?

Education and experience. An ASHI (American Society Of Home Inspectors) certified Home Inspector will instinctively find issues that a contractor or “handy man” may not be looking for or may overlook. Inspectors are trained to observe conditions that are suspect and take into consideration the home and its systems as a whole- just as a doctor takes into consideration all the symptoms in order to proceed with a diagnosis. Many contractors, and other trade professionals, hire a professional home inspector to inspect their own homes when they make a purchase.