Most people know the basics of how a home inspection works, but the only time they ever really see one done is when they're buying or selling a home. Because of that, there's a lot of misinformation about the home inspection process. Here's a look at some of the most common myths, and the real truth behind them.
Myth #1: A new home doesn't need an inspection
New homes are built to codes mandated by the government. These codes don't necessarily match up to manufacturer's recommendations. Unfortunately, home builders sometimes cut corners to speed up a project. Having your new home inspected will not only give you peace of mind, but will uncover problems before they become major issues. In fact, it's recommended that you have your home inspected not just when it's complete, but throughout the whole process. This allows for inspection of things that usually couldn't be inspected like pipes and wiring.
Myth #2: Home inspectors are only looking out for the sellers (or the realtors)
The main job of a home inspector is to put their client first, and to do so with facts. If a realtor recommends a specific inspector, you may be a little hesitant to go with that one. How will you know you're getting a fair inspection? If you're uncomfortable with the realtor's recommendation, do your own research. You may find out that there's a reason the seller recommended that specific one. Most inspectors are reviewed by the companies they work for, and it would be apparent if they didn't do their job. Even more, many home inspectors have warranties that cover their work. If you encounter a problem that the inspector missed, the company will cover repairs.
Myth #3: If A Home Inspection comes back clean, there's nothing to worry about
While home inspections are pretty comprehensive, they don't cover absolutely everything in a home (like pipes and wiring). They don't break a home down into its innermost parts, and obviously can't see inside walls. There are a lot of components and parts in a home, and a clean inspection doesn't necessarily mean there are no issues. You should definitely trust your home inspector, but don't assume they cover everything.
Don't let these myths fool you! Having your home inspected is likely the quickest way to get an overall view of its overall health and condition. It's necessary if you're buying or selling a home, and it's even good to do every 5 to 10 years in your current home. If your inspector uncovers just one issue that saves a problem down the road, their fee was worth every penny.Share
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