Top 7 Myths About Home Inspections You Need To Stop Believing

Top 7 Myths About Home Inspections

In the real estate world, there are 7 common myths about home inspections you need to stop believing, or else it can cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Here are the top 7:

1) A Home Inspection Is Not Important

In a modern competitive market, people are often tempted to waive their home inspection to secure the deal. This can be a disaster waiting to happen.

Buzzfeed recently ran an article on people who regret buying their homes. They reported on people who waived their home inspection found Air Conditioners that were not hooked up, bad roofs, electrical and plumbing that needed to be replaced, and more. A home inspection would have revealed all of these issues and more. Saving the cost of a home inspection ended up costing one person $100,000 in repairs he was unaware of.

2) A Recently Renovated Home Does Not Need An Inspection

A flipped home, i.e. a home that has been purchased, renovated, and put back on the market, often looks nice. Such homes have brand new cabinets, new counters, new flooring, and new paint throughout. But just because everything you can see is new, this does not mean anything you can not see is in good condition. Hidden electrical, plumbing, and HVAC issues are frequently not taken into account when flipping a home.

CNN recently ran a story on inspecting flipped homes. Check it out here. 

3) New Construction Does Not Need A Home Inspection

I often hear people say “every home has a problem unless it’s brand new”. However, brand new homes can often have problems. Contractors, supervisors, and city inspectors can not oversee every last detail of the building of a home. We often find problems in new homes, including some horrific finds. 

Some home builders don’t like home inspectors. We found Toll Brothers no longer will allow us to inspect their homes. What are they hiding?

A water leak in a brand new home
A water leak in a brand new home

4) I Can Have My Friend or Relative Do The Inspection Rather Than A Professional

Another common thought is to avoid a formal inspection by having a friend or relative who used to be in construction to do an inspection. It seems everyone has an Uncle or friend that was a contractor many years ago who is willing to do an informal inspection for free. The issue is such a person does not have a Standard of Practice they are adhering to. They are simply assuming they know what to look for rather than a formal system. But more importantly, a friend can not produce an inspection report. If they do discover important issues, they can not make a report that you can show the seller to prove the issue is indeed real. Also a friend or relative likely doesn’t own the knowledge or tools required for specialty inspections such as swimming pool electrical safety, sewer inspections, or camera poles.

Certified Inspector Greg Roberge
Certified Inspector Greg Roberge

5) You Do Not Need To Attend The Inspection

In California, The STATEWIDE BUYER AND SELLER ADVISORY (C.A.R. Form SBSA) the 2nd line of the form says “You should conduct thorough investigations of the Property both personally and with appropriate professionals.”

As detailed as an inspection is, the inspector is not going to comment on cosmetic issues such as paint, style of cabinets, crown molding, or anything else that is in the eye of the beholder. In fact, California Business and Professional Codes Chapter 9.3 Section 7195 (b) states about home inspections “Style or aesthetics shall not be considered in determining whether a system, structure, or component is defective.”

Other things such as traffic noise, neighborhood conditions, if the neighbors have loud dogs, odd smells, or anything that is not part of the home itself will not be in the report. It is up to the buyer to determine if these are acceptable or not.

Read more about attending your home inspection here. 

6) The Home Inspection Will Be Like It Is on TV

TV shows, even shows that claim to be reality-based, are based more on perception and fantasy rather than reality. Unlike Home Inspector Joe, Holmes Inspections, and similar shows, home inspectors can NOT do repairs. Nor can they open walls or otherwise damage the home to see what is not visually apparent.

Tim McMurray performing a Sewer Inspection
Tim McMurray performing a Sewer Inspection

7) The Home Inspector Has A Crystal Ball

As important as a home inspection is, a home inspector can not tell the future. The report will comment on the age of the water heater and air conditioner and will comment on the general condition of the roof, a home inspector can not tell you exactly when a component of the house will fail. This is why it is important to attend your inspection, ask your inspector questions about any concerns at the time of inspection, and then read your report when it is emailed to you.  Much like a car, or people, a house needs constant care and maintenance to keep a house in working condition.

Read another 10 top home inspections myths here. 

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