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Five Myths About Home Inspections


Many buyers are unaware of the things to expect from an inspection or where to start with the results. To separate actuality from fiction, here are five major misconceptions about home inspections:

Myth 1: All home inspectors and inspections are pretty the same.

The Truth: Only three provinces — BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan currently license home inspectors and in some cases those three don’t require much teaching. There are variations in the quality of service you’ll receive from each inspector and a license isn’t going to ensure a professional inspection. Comparing home inspectors can be difficult and it is advisable to perform your own due diligence to defend your interests!

Myth 2: Inspectors can get everything wrong with a property.

Comprehend: Home inspectors look for costly complaints about major home components including the roof structure coverings, structure, heating and cooling programs, insulation, electrical and plumbing systems. Your dream house inspection is not technically exhaustive. Inspectors offer a belief of the overall condition of your dream house, do not scrutinize small or makeup details and cannot always predict breakdowns, especially in the absence of apparent defects or deficiencies.

Myth 3: Inspectors will “pass” or “fail” your dream house.

The Truth: Inspectors report on the current conditions in a home, and it’s up to the buyer to decide if to merely proceed with the sale. Home inspectors should never comment on the price or propose that the client buy or run.

Myth 4: Inspectors provide repairs or price repair costs.

The Truth: Inspectors should never use the home inspection as a motor vehicle to obtain other work on the home and property. Professional home inspectors do not produce repairs, and ball-park cost estimates are offered only as a point of discussion or to be a courtesy. Not until a qualified one that is equipped and willing to produce repairs, has arrived at an agreed-upon cost and means that has a client, can a quotation be made available.

Myth 5: Home inspections cost in excess of they should.

The Truth: With normal house prices increasing, a professional home inspection is usually an extraordinary value costing less than one tenth of any percent of the asking price. The reputation and experience higher level of a home inspector always determines the actual end result of an inspection, not the sale price. Many home-owners find out too late that seeking to save $50 to $100 on a home inspection could lead to an inadequate report.

These and other misconceptions persist mainly because people buy homes so infrequently and don’t know or understand the process. Hiring an inspector is quite a bit more difficult than obtaining many different services, so you need to research before you buy.

Want to ensure your home inspector is looking out for your best interests? Follow these points:

Get a referral to a reputable inspector at a trusted Realtor, mortgage lender or insurance broker.

Opt for an experienced professional who’s going to be qualified by the National Home Inspector Official certifications Council (NHICC)

Ask to see a copy of an example inspection report to be certain it covers everything that’s important.

This inspection should yield a written document indicating defects, including photos and referrals.

Ask yourself “Is this inspector giving answers to all my questions? Explaining things definitely? Saying anything that doesn’t sound suitable, or downplaying something you believe is significant?".

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