Common Home Inspection Misconceptions
1. Thinking that passing code means inspected— Contractors may know of all your local codes, but just because new construction on your home, an addition or otherwise, passes code doesn’t mean you should make assumptions on its quality. In one example, an inspector discovered missing support beams in the crawl space of a new home to make room for duct work and it had already started sinking. An inspection will give you an idea of the quality construction that’s been undertaken and could save you from future financial pitfalls.
2. Choosing cost over experience— When you go to the doctor for a physical checkup, do you pick a discount physician or do you choose one that’s qualified and trusted? It’s the same for your home. If you need a recommendation, ask your realtor for two or three names. When calling around ask for their credentials and licensing.
3. Not following along— When you're looking at the extensive report an inspector will give you, it may not paint as accurate a picture had you just gone along. Certain problems can go overlooked on a written report or make the impression that something is more serious than it is. If you go along on the inspection you can ask questions and get a professional opinion if he spots a problem.
4. Ignoring the professional— If you don’t follow up on the inspector’s recommendations before you close on the house, you may end up with more of a financial burden than you had originally thought. Don’t wait until AFTER closing to have a potential problem looked into. If you are able to get estimates on repairs before closing, your inspector may be able to share some insight on the contractors’ solutions.
5. Your inspector knows a lot, but not everything— Predicting the future is a talent that no one holds. Your inspector can tell you the age of your hot water heater, he can tell you how long it usually lasts, but not exactly when it will need to be replaced. Just rest assured that the home inspector is hired by you and is likely to be neutral to whether or not you close on the house.