Home Inspectors are usually hired by home buyer’s to inspect the home they’re purchasing. However it’s not uncommon for homeowners to hire an Inspector to identify problems in the making so they can avoid costly repairs in the future or if they plan on selling their home they can make repairs prior to putting it on the market.
Home Inspectors do a visual, non-invasive examination of a homes current condition. Most Inspectors inspect the roof, attic, heating/cooling system, water heater, appliances, plumbing, electrical, windows and occasionally swimming pools, sprinkler systems and structural issues. Their primary focus is to look for items needing repair or replacement along with fire and safety issues, not cosmetic issues. Most Inspectors will go over their findings immediately after the inspection, which is usually followed by a written report with photographs.
So, are Home Inspectors always right? Not always.
Inspectors are limited on what they can see and do, they are not Superman, so they can’t see through walls or move wall units. They are also human, so they may miss or overlook something and no two Inspectors are the same. I’ve had multiple inspections done on one property and what one Inspector found the other missed and vice versa. They also don’t know everything, but in my experience when an Inspector is uncertain about something they will recommend further inspection. However not all Inspectors will do this, some will give their two cents, which could be right or completely wrong.
Last year I worked with buyer’s who were involved in a situation where the Inspector was 100% wrong, but since he was a licensed professional they believed him and didn’t want to get a second opinion or even look at any documentation proving he was wrong. It was an unfortunate situation that could have been avoided had the Inspector reported his findings and kept it at that.
When hiring a Home Inspector I highly recommend finding out their qualifications and if anything comes up in the report that’s questionable or of concern get a second opinion from someone who is licensed and specializes in that industry. Home buyer’s should also do a final walk through of the property prior to closing to make sure everything is still in the same working order as it was at the inspection because Home Inspectors do not provide warranties.
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— Michelle Gibson (@WellingtonHomez) November 9, 2017
Additional Inspection Resources
- Top Reasons To Have A Home Inspection When Buying A Home by Kyle Hiscock
- How To Negotiate Issues After A Home Inspection by Bill Gassett
- What can I Expect from a Home Inspection? by Lynn Pineda
- The Purpose of the Home Inspection by Luke Skar
- Should I get a Home Inspection before Buying? by Kevin Vitali
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