What Home Inspectors Miss

What Home Inspectors Miss

You want to rely 100% on your home inspector to get you all the information about what is going on with the home you are considering. You want the home to Pass or Fail ...but that's not how it works. 

Home inspections, it turns out, are much more limited than many first-time buyers realize.  They can't see thru walls or predict the future. 

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What home inspectors don't do, in addition to harnessing psychic powers, is test for environmental safety, such as lead in the paint or radon in the air, although they might recommend that the potential buyer do so.

Inspectors can also overlook mold, pests, and mice if evidence of their existence is hidden behind floorboards or otherwise obscured. Nor do they examine more pedestrian child-safety issues, such as how easy it is to get into cabinets or fall down staircases. 

A good inspector will look at the working condition of all of the major systems of the home. Testing electrical, appliances, plumbing. They check out the attic and roof. Look at the exterior, look for signs of foundation movement. 

At the end of the inspection, they can give you a good assessment of the overall home's condition the day they inspected it. There is no Pass or Fail test. 

 It is up to you to determine if this is home you want, warts and all, or if you want to keep looking. The inspector can be consulted for advice, after all, he works for you. YOU are paying him and the report is for you, not the seller, lender or anyone else. 

 Most issues that get discovered can be remedied.  Even foundation problems are not too difficult a repair.  The seller may or may not contribute to the expense of getting repairs.  I always advise my clients to ask for compensation rather than repairs unless you can be assured the work/repairs being done are by a reputable company.

And keep in mind, your home will come with a one year warranty should something go awry. 

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Dated: April 2nd 2016
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