Common Home Inspection Misconceptions

Real Estate Agent with Clocktower Realty Group

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.

Comments (6)

Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Good information for the first time buyer...  .  On new construction there can be errors in quality of workmanship and errors made by city and county inspections.

Dec 28, 2015 03:37 AM
Rhonda Howlett

Thank you Dan and that is very true with regards to new construction!

Dec 28, 2015 03:41 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Rhonda, buyers need to place the contract wording on repairs in context with the findings in the inspection report.   Many home inspectors mention small items that are not material defects or safety issues so it is up to the buyer's agent to prepare and  educate them on what their contract states concerning repairs. 


Dec 28, 2015 04:00 AM
Rhonda Howlett

Yes, the agent should definetly educate them concerning repairs! Thanks for the comment Bruce.

Dec 28, 2015 04:03 AM
Kelly Hagglund
The Kelly Group Real Estate - Newberg, OR
SW Portland Real Estate Expert

This is great information to share with your clients and home buyers in general! The home inspection can lead to a lot of confusion and a competent agent will definitely walk their clients through it to make sure they understand the consequences of what the inspector finds. After all, the inspection is done to help guard the buyer's best interest!

Dec 28, 2015 04:41 AM
Rhonda Howlett

Thank you for your comment Kelly! I agree it is important your buyers understand the inspection report.

Dec 28, 2015 04:44 AM
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

Hi Rhonda,  A lot of Great information here for buyers!  Hope they realize what a great resource you are!

Dec 28, 2015 05:30 AM
Rhonda Howlett

Thank you Sean!

Dec 28, 2015 09:24 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Rhonda Howlett These are very valuable home inspection misconceptions.

Dec 28, 2015 09:32 AM
Rhonda Howlett

Thank you John!

Dec 28, 2015 09:24 PM
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Houses are built by humans Rhonda Howlett and we humans DO make mistakes and oversights.   I always suggest my buyers get a home inspection because the inspector is unbiased and bluntly honest with the critique

Dec 28, 2015 07:19 PM
Rhonda Howlett


Indeed humans do make mistakes! 

Dec 28, 2015 09:25 PM