A home inspection is one of the most important, and stress-inducing, steps home buyers and sellers must go through. It is important to have a credible third-party inspect the home so that they may provide an unbiased opinion of the home’s state of affairs. In fact, the article
by Daniel Goldstein on MarketWatch.com reports that 95 percent of purchased homes are inspected, compared to 75 percent 20 years ago.
So are there things the inspectors may not disclose? This list can help to pull back the curtain on important factors you should consider when contracting a home inspection. A few of the items Goldstein listed include:
The house is fine, but I could make it look bad.
Beware of some inspectors who go too far. It is important for them to report their findings in context. If the inspector is returning a litany of superficial (rather than structural) issues then make sure to take the findings with a grain of salt.
Get the house, not the inspection.
Sometimes homes are sold at reduced prices if they forego an inspection. This can lead down a dangerous path of contested legal battles and high repair costs so make sure you are performing your own due diligence before agreeing to pass up on a home inspection.
Feel free to watch.
You are allowed to watch. Some inspectors may not welcome the added company but feel free to ask to tag along. After all, you are familiar with the home and may have specific items you’d like a closer look at.
You should bring me in earlier.
Most inspections occur after an offer has been made, but don’t feel like this is a rule. It may be prudent to have the home inspected prior to making an offer.
To find a serious problem, you may need someone else.
Home inspectors are only required to inspect areas of the home that are considered “readily accessible.” If you have a suspicion of a more serious issue you may have to call in some additional help.
What has your experience been like with home inspectors? Let us know in the comments section if you have any lessons to share from working with them.