I have 2 electricians in the family that I"ve no doubt pull down more $, alone, than you and your wife put together. That you look down your nose at people who work with their hands for a living I find pretty disgusting frankly. Then to further imply they are morons... Erronius is a prefect example. I think the guy is a bit of a blowhard, but he"s an intelligent blowhard, and the guy does construction for a living.
This is what happens when you make broad generalizations because you have to defend your ego publicly.
FYI -- First of all, your electrician friends don"t pull down more than my household income, I guarantee it, and it"s not because of me. I"m leaving it at that because I"m not some prick like Lyrical that needs to come here and brag about it. Second of all, I work labor too, and I don"t look down my nose at it. I just call shit what it is. There"s no degree required to work construction, nor is a degree required to do anything around your house, or be an inspector. And lets be fucking serious here, the people doing those jobs aren"t dropping out of Harvard to follow their true calling. Nothing I said was incorrect in the slightest. Don"t like my tone? Fair assessment. Few people do. But I"m not wrong.
Maybe you guys have some kind of super home inspectors in your areas that come in and drill fucking holes in your wall to check your wiring, and then pull up the carpet to make sure that no subflooring has been damaged by any renovations (lol), but that"s not the fucking case here. I walked with mine, and I looked at the checklist he was using very carefully, and there was about 2 things out there that should be outside the general knowledge for a homeowner. He"s also not allowed to damage anything in the process of doing it, so anything inside your walls or under your flooring just isn"t getting looked at. You can have rusted pipes and bare wires and there"s no fucking way he"s ever going to know. They check your attic for insulation depth, they check your crawlspace, they check your outlets and the GFCI"s in the bathroom, the sinks and the drains, they look at the grading outside the house, do a cursory check on how old your windows are, look for water stains where there shouldn"t be, check out the roof to see if shingles are peeling and fire up the furnace and AC to see if it"s blowing the right temp of air, and very very little that"s more complicated than that. If you feel better having a "professional" come in and do all that for you, then go right ahead. It"s your money, and I don"t give a shit.
But what I"ve said all along is that my experience with the inspector that was referred to me by the realtor is that if you have the checklist he"s working off (and I have no doubt you can find one on the internet with little trouble) and any kind of mechanical aptitude or friends or family that do, you can probably do it all yourself and not have to sweat it.
Then you compare me to the fictional incompetent Tool Guy and wonder why I get standoffish and abrasive? Come on. You throw an Al Borland picture up there instead and we don"t go down this road.
This shit"s not that hard, guys. Men all used to do this shit. Don"t let the art of taking care of shit yourself die.