Six Home Inspection Myths

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Home Inspector with Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection

Six Home-Inspection Myths

Having faulty or mis­guided beliefs about home-inspec­tion services can lead to poor buy­ing processes and final decisions.  The following are answers to some of the most common myths about home inspections.

Myth: All qualified home inspectors are alike.
Truth: Just because someone claims to be an inspector--even a certified inspector-doesn't mean he or she is qualified. Not all states require home inspectors to be licensed. Before choosing an inspector, examine the person's credentials and be sure you trust not just the certification but the certifying body. You can find if someone is a member of the Ameri­can Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Home Inspectors or the Florida Association of Home Inspectors online at www.ashi.orgwww.nahi.org or www.fabi.org.  Another good standard for finding a home inspector is to ask him or her how many inspections they perform in a year. At least 200 inspections is a good number.

Myth: The inspection report functions as a list of repairs the seller needs to complete.
Truth: The seller can choose to use the inspection as a repair list, or as a negotiation tool to move the deal forward.

Myth: The home inspection will go fine without your presence.
Truth: You don't need to be there, but it's a good idea and a great way to learn how to operate systems in the home and under­stand its condition. It also lets you ask questions of the inspector and
the seller.

Myth: You don't have to bother getting a home inspected if it's being sold "as is."
Truth: A home sold "as is" should certainly be inspected, so you, the buyer, know exactly what "as is" means. These homes aren't being sold free of defects, only with any defects left unrepaired. Many states require the seller to disclose known defects or other conditions that could affect the value or sala­bility of the home, but impose no further obligation.
                                 
Myth: A termite inspection is enough.
Truth: A home inspection covers more than just looking for termites. Home inspectors look at the home's entire structure and all major sys­tems, such as plumbing, electricity, and any internal climate control systems such as heating and cen­tral air. If a home inspector does find potential termite problems-or other issues that are dealt with by specialists, such as chimney or structural problems-he or she will recommend a qualified inspector for that.

Myth: You don't need to have an inspection for a newly built home.
Truth: This could be one of the costliest myths of all. A recent Con­sumer Reports investigation found 15 percent of new homes sold had serious defects, and studies suggest things are getting worse. In another study, 41 percent of the homes examined, constructed by various builders, revealed problems such as mold and moisture, and 34 percent had frame and structural problems. Home inspectors conduct a visual inspection of all elements of a home and check items such as the water heater and built-in appli­ances, building a foundation of knowledge about the home and its systems.

Comments (6)

Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Kelly this was well written and informative.  It would really be a mistake to think all inspectors  arethe same. 
Jan 25, 2007 11:41 PM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Great post, especially for the first-time homebuyer. 

We had one client that was completely against having a home inspection done proir to closing.  He figured that he was handy enough and that if there were any problems, he'd find them once he moved in and take care of them himself.  Well, we were finally able to convince him to have an inspection done since the home was 20+ years old, and there were some major problems discovered.  To make a long story short, he ended up not purchasing the home because of the extent of the problems, saving him thousands of dollars in the long run.  He's now a believer!

Jan 26, 2007 02:33 AM
Kelly Cox
Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection - Melbourne, FL

Jim and Maria,

 

You are absolutely correct!  There is a saying "you get what you pay for" and sometimes you can get what you don't pay for!  A home inspection can be pricelless!

Jan 26, 2007 10:11 AM
Kelly Cox
Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection - Melbourne, FL

Jennifer,

Yes, you are right!  Not all Home Inspectors are the same.  The majority are well qualified, professional home inspectors.  However, there are some that should be looking for other professions.  It's wise to choose carefully!

Thanks for the kind comments!

Jan 26, 2007 10:13 AM
Phyllis Mathouser
Re/Max By The Bay - Exeter, NH
GRI, CBR
Great information.  Every Realtor should print it out and give it to their Buyers.  So many of them think it is now a time to renegotiate even on items they knew were a problem before putting in their offer.  Also, so many people do not do inspections on new construction and then have problems later.  I always tell my buyers they should do one and if the builder has a problem with it, run away fast!!
Feb 24, 2007 08:31 AM
Kelly Cox
Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection - Melbourne, FL

Phyllis,

 

You are so right!  Buyers should always have an inspection on a "New" home.  I've found countless errors in new construction from both "Tract" builders and the "Custom" home builders.  I even found subterranean termites in a new home (never been lived in) last month!

And, as you stated; if the builder doesn't want an independent home inspection conducted on the property that they are selling?  They very well may be hiding something?  If they are a quality builder and stand by their work it shouldn't be a problem!

Kelly Cox

Feb 24, 2007 09:45 AM