Home inspection - lots o'problems
I bought a house last year. Had an inspection from a licensed, ASHI inspector. He missed a furnace that was improperly installed - can't be accessed for repairs or maintenance. Said furnace was fine. His report recommended a maintenance contract and annual maintenance. I got the contract and the technician came out. Looked at furnace and laughed. Furnance installed so close to wall that he can't get inside. Former owner aware per gas company - had a repair down in 2007 and access problem identified. Lied on disclosure - said "no problems." Garage floods. Seller lied about that too. Inspector noted flat lot. After watching storm water flow down driveway and into garage called a paving guy. Driveway is clearly graded toward garage, not away. Signs of long-term water damage in garage. Cost to fix driveway $1500, cost to replace furnace $3500. Got recommendation to obtain a dispute home inspection and to go after first inspectors errors and omissions coverage. Any thoughts on going after the home inspector, seller or both? I'm in MA - inspectors can't limit their liability to cost of the inspection if they are negligent. Can I go after the home inspector myself without a lawyer? Notify him of my clain and tell him to contact his insurance company? Small claims court for the seller? I don't want to spend a fortune on attorney fees for a 5K problem. Thanks!