Debunking Common Home Inspection Myths

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When buying a home, many people wonder if they really need to get a home inspection. After all, the house looks fine, right? What could be wrong, especially with a newly built home? As professional home inspectors, we’ve seen it all. In this article, we’ll debunk five common myths about home inspections to help you understand why getting a thorough inspection is always a smart move, whether you’re buying a brand new house or a resale.

Home Inspection Myth #1: New Homes Don't Need Inspections

False!

One of the biggest misconceptions is that newly constructed homes are perfect and don’t require an inspection.  We’ve inspected countless new homes and have found all kinds of issues, from minor cosmetic problems to major defects.

Some common new home issues we find include:
– Hot and cold water lines reversed on faucets
– Heating or cooling systems not working properly
– Loose or improperly installed cabinets, trim, and fixtures
– Plumbing leaks inside walls causing water damage
– Structural issues requiring additional reinforcement

With the mad rush to complete punch list items and make the home move-in ready, builders can sometimes miss or overlook things. An inspection is your chance to identify any problems before you move in. We highly recommend both an initial inspection and a follow-up inspection 11 months later before the builder’s warranty expires. A lot can change as you live in and use the home every day.

Myth #2: Inspections Are Only for Buyers, Seller's Don't Need To Bother With an Inspection

Mostly False!

Another common myth is that only buyers should get an inspection. Not true! We are NOT Realtors and this is definitely NOT REAL ESTATE ADVICE, but in our humble opinion, smart sellers get a pre-listing inspection before putting their house on the market.  A pre-listing inspection:
– Allows you to find and fix issues in advance
– Provides full transparency to buyers about the home’s condition
– Reduces your liability by disclosing everything upfront
– Helps buyers feel more confident making an offer
– Can potentially make the entire process go just a little smoother

When sellers provide a thorough inspection report, buyers can factor the home’s condition into their offer price and terms, which can take much of the stress and uncertainty out of the process for both parties.

Myth #3: All Inspection Companies Are the Same

Mostly False!

When it comes to a home inspection details matter!  While in Texas the home inspection industry is regulated and requires all licensed companies to adhere to the same set of standards, some companies will go above and beyond these requirements providing additional details that allow you as a homeowner to better understand your home and the systems in it.  Not all inspection companies provide the same level of service and reporting detail. When comparing inspectors, consider:
– How thorough and detailed are their inspection reports? Do they include photos, videos and descriptions to help you understand the issues?
– How helpful and accessible are the inspectors in explaining their findings?
– What extra features are included, like locations and capacities of your major equipment, helpful tips and tricks, etc.?
– What extra services can the provide, for example sewer camera, pool and spa or wood destroying insect inspections?
– What equipment do they use? Thermal cameras, drones, borescopes, non contact voltage testers, etc.
– How prompt, professional and knowledgeable are the inspectors?

Choosing a high quality inspection company will give you greater peace of mind and a better understanding of the home. Look for experienced inspectors who take the time to review the report with you in detail.

Myth #4: An Inspection Means the Home is Perfect

False!

Some people think that once they get an inspection and repair a few items, the home will be in perfect condition. But an inspection can only evaluate the visible and accessible components at that snapshot in time. We can’t see behind walls or predict how well things will work over time.

No home is perfect, not even a new one. An inspection simply documents the home’s current condition to the best of the inspector’s ability so you can make an informed decision. It doesn’t guarantee that everything will work flawlessly or that issues won’t crop up down the road. But it does give you a much clearer picture of what you’re home’s condition at the time.

Myth #5: Inspections Are a Pass/Fail Test

False!

Finally, some people view an inspection report as a pass/fail grade for the home. Either the house “passes” and is problem-free, or it “fails” and is a lost cause. Neither is true. An inspection report is simply a detailed assessment of the home’s condition.

Some issues we note may be considered a bigger repair or a safety hazard that should be considered more urgent to deal with. Others may be minor in scope or significant cosmetic issues that can be kicked down the road. Most fall somewhere in between. It’s up to you to decide what you’re comfortable fixing or living with in light of your unique situation and budget.

An inspection report isn’t meant to make the decision for you. It’s a tool to help you in your current situation, whether that is negotiating with the seller, looking to have a list of reapir’s for a builder’s warranty or just planing for future maintenance. No home is going to be perfect. But a good inspection will help you understand exactly what you’re getting into.

Conclusion:

Getting a professional home inspection is an essential step when buying or selling a home, regardless of its age or condition. It helps uncover potential issues that may not be visible to the untrained eye, allowing buyers to make informed decisions and negotiate accordingly. For sellers, a pre-listing inspection can provide transparency, help reduce liability, and potentially streamline the sale process.
While the myths surrounding home inspections are out there in the wild, it’s crucial to separate fact from fiction. 

No home is perfect, and an inspection report is not a pass/fail test but rather a detailed assessment of the property’s current condition. By choosing a reputable and thorough inspection company, you can gain valuable insights into the home’s systems, potential problems, and maintenance needs.

Remember, a home inspection is an investment in your peace of mind and a valuable tool to help you navigate what is likely one of the most significant financial transactions of your life. Embracing the process and understanding its importance can save you from costly surprises down the road and ensure a smoother, more informed experience.

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House Fluent Inspections, the premier home inspection company in North Texas.

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