A lot is said about home inspections, but, like everything else in life, what is often said isn’t necessarily true. Certain home inspection myths are repeated again and again, and soon what started off as myth becomes, paradoxically, the truth for many people. The purpose of this article is to debunk the top 10 myths about home inspection. This will not only allow you to see the incredible value of a home inspection, but also save you money by nipping potential problems in the bud or finding and fixing these problems before they cause more damage. And, in addition, there is the (priceless) peace of mind that comes from knowing your home is safe (in operation) and sound (in structure).
HOME INSPECTIONS AREN’T NEEDED FOR NEW HOMES
This is inaccurate. Newly constructed houses are often in need of an inspection. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. You’ve spent a lot of money constructing your perfect home. Now spend that bit extra for a thorough inspection to rest assured your home has been built safe and sound.
HOME INSPECTIONS ARE ONLY FOR BUYERS
Home inspections are for everyone: buyers, sellers, and homeowners. If you’re buying, having a home inspection is essential; if you’re selling, a home inspection can add great value to your sales pitch; and if you’re happy where you are, just living your life, a home inspection can guarantee that peace of mind for years to come.
YOU DON’T NEED TO ATTEND THE INSPECTION
It’s your home, so why wouldn’t you be there during the inspection? Any professional home inspector will encourage the buyer, seller or homeowner to be present during the inspection. Take the time. It’s well worth it.
HOME INSPECTORS ARE JUST LOOKING TO FIND FAULTS
No. A professional and experienced home inspector is looking to keep you feeling safe in your home. They do not search for obvious minor faults or cosmetic flaws, as these are obvious to anyone. A proper home inspection is a thorough and objective examination of the condition of the home, and an analysis of all the systems that operate within that home.
ANY HOME INSPECTOR CAN DO THE JOB
Like in every trade, there are levels of professionalism, and not everyone who calls themselves a home inspector has the proper qualifications and experience. Research home inspectors in your area and look for reviews of their services, whether online or by talking to friends or colleagues who have had a home inspection. Get quotes and familiarise yourself with the home inspection process. Do the research and become confident in your choice.
HOME INSPECTIONS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
You’ve spent tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars building your perfect home. So why skimp on a few hundred dollars more to ensure you’re safe and sound in your new home and all the internal and external systems are working properly? You could take the risk that there’s nothing wrong, or you could feel the reward of knowing that there isn’t. And if there is a problem, you can have it fixed swiftly and as cost efficiently as possible.
A HOME INSPECTION IS AN UNNECESSARY PROCESS
This is dangerous thinking. Problems with the operational systems and structural integrity (internal and external) of your home can develop over long periods of time, sometimes years. And often a regular maintenance check is all that’s needed to forestall costly repairs in the future. It’s always easier (and cheaper) to be proactive against a potential problem than reactive against an established problem.
A HOME INSPECTOR WILL DO THE NECESSARY REPAIRS
This is inaccurate. It is the job of a home inspector to identify any problems, not fix them. They may be able to recommend someone in the area, but it is the ethics of home inspector to remain impartial. Be wary of any home inspector who says they can fix repairs or if they have a ‘friend who can do it for a good price’.
A HOME INSPECTION IS THE SAME AS AN APPRAISAL
No, it isn’t. An appraisal is determined by the size of your home, the general condition and the neighbouring property value. A home inspection does not determine the market value of your home but the relative functionality and to identify possible problems or dangers in its construction.
A HOME INSPECTION REPORT WILL CAPTURE EVERYTHING
Unfortunately not. Building inspectors are human just like everyone else, and as much as they try to capture every real or potential problem, hazard, or issue with your home, there is the (slim) possibility that something will be missed. A home inspection usually only takes 2 hours and while all concerns visible are recognised, internal problems (e.g. within the walls or under the foundation) may pass unnoticed. Assist your home inspector by telling them about the construction, history and day-to-day life inside your home. As always, finding the best inspector will ensure you get the best results.
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