Most Common Mistakes People Make When Getting a Home Inspection
Given purchasing a home is one of the largest financial investments you will make in your lifetime, Dream Home Inspections always advises you to hire a professional home inspector, who can check a house in all respects, which includes interior, exterior, structure, plumbing, appliances, roofing, insulation, ventilation and etc.
Giving up your opportunity to have a potential home inspected could leave you in a lurch. You may miss important repairs that are required, leaving you with the stress and extra financial burden after you move in. In addition, a home inspection may allow you to renegotiate your purchase, ensuring you're not left holding the bag on a brand new roof, old furnace, cracked foundation or any other problem a home inspector may identify.
In order to help you in avoiding errors that could prove to be costly, here’s the list of the most common mistakes people make when getting a home inspection.
1. Forgoing the home inspection altogether. There is a certain misconception, which results in people not getting an inspection done, especially if it is a new house. Interestingly, however, people know that they should get a home inspected if they are buying from someone else. Even then, not getting a new house inspected is a mistake because a lot of new construction houses have issues. Therefore, buyers should be a bit pushy when dealing with builders, who are trying to dissuade them from the inspection.
2. Not being present at the Inspection. One thing which you must realize is there is no substitute for being present during the home inspection. Often people are tempted to let the inspectors just do their job and think that they will read the report later. The fact is even a detailed report with pictures is not the same as being present at the inspection. Being at the inspection to ask questions and hear the findings first hand is very helpful when looking through the report. At times, on account of work or family related commitments, you may not find it feasible to be present for the entire inspection. Even in such cases, it is advisable to be there at the end of inspection to go over the findings. In the worst case, if you can’t be there at all, make sure your realtor is there in your place.
3. Being overly involved in the inspection. Although being present during a home inspection is a must, you need to ensure that you don’t distract the inspector or come in the way of his work. This may result in the inspector overlooking and missing serious deficiencies in the house. Don’t ever try to do inspector’s job either. When he is testing the shower, don’t be turning on the tap at the kitchen sink. This can alter the system response.
4. Overreacting when inspection report is not perfect. You need to consider that an inspection is not a pass-fail test. In reality, inspection is an extremely complicated task because every home has flaws. Don’t be surprised if you see as high as 50 to 100 deficiencies in a home. You are advised to ask questions so that you can understand the difference between nice-to-repair and must repair defects.
5. Not getting negotiated repairs re-inspected. Once the negotiated repairs are done, it is always a good idea to get them signed off by your home inspector, even if it costs more. Often, we have seen that negotiated repairs aren’t done and the buyer goes through hardship because he didn’t get them re-inspected. Following up with the re-inspection will give you peace of mind. Really, isn’t the inspection all about that in the first place?
To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at Dream Home Inspections. We provide professional home inspection services in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the surrounding areas. We have a team of qualified, insured and certified professionals, who do thorough home inspection whether you are buying, selling or renovating your home.