At our recent Windermere Peninsula Properties regular Tuesday morningBroker/Staff meeting, Allegiance Home Inspection, Kyle, stopped in to give us a presentation of the home inspection services their company offers. Definitely great information and am excited to add their name to our resource list of inspectors in the area.
They provided us with a very informative handout sheet with “8 Common Misconceptions about Home Inspections” that Buyers have. As I was reading it, I realized, we also as Brokers, hear the same questions and misconceptions and thought it would be a good time (coming into the New Year and all) to answer those questions and get rid of the misconceptions.
#1 – What if the home inspection fails?
There is no pass or fail with a home inspection. A home inspection is to give you information as to the overall condition of the home. Sort of like “looking under the hood” when you purchase a car. The inspector does not pass or fail the home. He gives you the knowledge to make educated choices as to your next step.
#2 The inspector will inspect every nook and cranny, every inch of the home –
Incorrect – they will inspect the readily accessible areas of the home. It can be limited as to what they can see and can access; They can only inspect what they can see and access.
#3 My home is almost or is brand new, why do I need an inspection?
We are all only human! 😆 Even the best of the best contractors/builders, sometimes even they do miss an item. Best to just catch something amiss sooner rather than later!
#4 I just had my home inspection 2 months ago, so nothing is going to break or need maintenance.
Incorrect – ANY home is subject to unexpected repairs at any given time. Lets face it – anything MAN MADE can break. The Home inspection findings are based on visual conditions at the time of the inspection.
#5 The home inspector will tell me whether or not to buy the home….
Incorrect ! Nope, never, negative, not going to happen. The home inspector is going to advise you of any note-able issues that are visual and accessible and it is up to you with that knowledge to determine in helping you make an educated decision as to how or if you are going to move forward with your purchase.
#6 Isn’t an appraisal the same thing as a home inspection?
It is not, an appraisal determines the value of the home while the inspection informs you of the condition of the home.
#7 Do I need to be at the inspection or can I show up at the end?
It is best, if at all possible, for you to attend the entire inspection to see first hand what the inspector is talking about. It’s also a good time to ask the inspector any questions you may have.
#8 All home inspection companies are the same…
Not true – there are many, many Home Inspection Companies in the area and not all may have the same report format, personalities, costs etc. Pick a home inspector that you are comfortable with.
Great information! If YOU have other questions about the home buying or selling process, give us a call or drop us a line. Information is FREE and we are always more than happy to share our knowledge and resources!
Remember – OUR success is YOUR success!! We are here for you! What are you waiting for? 🙂
We would love to help you through ALL of the real estate misconceptions!