Most homes have an inspection when they undergo a typical real estate transaction. Everyone usually has some preconceived ideas about the home inspection and these five myths are no exception.
#1. The home inspection is to identify problems so that the buyer can negotiate with the seller.
This is probably the number one myth. It makes sense because buyers can back out of the transaction if they are not satisfied with the inspection report or, they can negotiate for repairs or discounts. But actually, the inspector's primary responsibility is to provide buyers with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home. All this helps the buyers make better decisions now that they understand the integrity of the property. The inspector can observe or make recommendations to either alleviate buyers concern or provide useful maintenance suggestions. The inspector should be a completely unbiased opinion of the integrity of the property and should play no role in fixing them or addressing them with the homeowner or seller.
#2. You don't need a home inspector for new construction.
Many buyers think that if the home is brand-new, there can't be anything wrong with it. But this is definitely far from the truth. New construction is often the most in need of a thorough home inspection. Many home inspectors can offer "phase inspections, which the property will be inspected at various stages of the construction process. Things can go wrong and errors can be made so it's important to have a home inspection on any new construction.
#3. One home inspection to rule them all.
Many buyers think that the one home inspection is the end all when it comes to the home's integrity but that's not always the case. Any code inspection, termite inspection or additional inspections to septic tanks, roof or electrical, should be performed by a professional inspector that's dedicated to that area of construction. This could cause a lot of problems later on and it could be a costly error.
#4. All home inspectors will tear apart the house figuratively looking for every little error.
This is not always the case either. Most home inspectors are not "alarmists". They have a very unbiased view of the house and really do their best to inform the buyer of any areas of concern without "freaking them out". Trust your home inspector that while they may not nitpick every little scratch or scrape on the wall, they will inform you of the most important issues.
#5. All home inspectors are created equal.
Trust me, with my years of real estate experience, one home inspector is not equal to another. Regardless of how much education and inspector may have, nothing beats true on the field experience. Many home inspectors may have previous experience in either construction, land development or another type of real estate-related businesses and they can usually bring that experience into the home inspection report. Using an inspector that is well-qualified and well experienced, will usually get you the best results.
Because I have worked in the Columbus real estate area for years I have developed a team of reputable real estate parties including inspectors, that can help all of my buyers and sellers with the end result they desire.
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