Home Inspection Myths: Debunked!
If you are in the process of buying or building a new home, an inspection is a critical component in ensuring a smooth transaction. Although many people may get a bit squeamish at the thought of a home inspection, you can rest assured it’s in your best interest to have one done. An inspection can give you leveraging power when it comes time to do the negotiating. Once you understand the truth about the following inspection myths, then you’ll be ready to move forward in the home buying process!
Myth #1: All Certifications Are the Same
When it comes time to get your home inspected, you want to ensure you have someone qualified to do it. Not all certifications and credentials are the same for each inspector; many states do not even have any requirements for inspectors! States may recommend certificates and courses for inspectors to take, but not all of them require it. Only 29 states make licensing a requirement for home inspectors.
For example, in California, there are no licensing requirements. In Texas, there are pre-licensing courses, which consist of 128 hours of classroom time and an exam at completion.
To find out a state’s home inspection licensing requirements, you can check out the details here!
Myth #2: Not Every Home Needs an Inspection
Those who feel their home is in great shape mistakenly skip their home inspection. Maybe you’ve kept up with every bit of maintenance, completed all the repairs, and made occasional updates to your home. "So why should I bother with an inspection?" you think. The problem is there are things that you may not see that can go wrong with your home. Even if you’ve kept up with everything, there's always the possibility of hidden damage that only a certified inspector can spot.
People who are building a new home need inspections also! It’s essential to ensure that everything was made the way it should be. The American Society of Home Inspectors recommends that everyone get a home inspection every ten years, whether you’re selling, buying, or neither!
Myth #3: Home, Code, Hazard Inspections—It's All the Same
Home, code, and hazard inspections all deal with different aspects of your home. A home inspection will cover the basics of the house, such as the following:
- Mold or mildew check
- Inspect the roof and chimney
- Look at the HVAC system
- Check the insulation
- Check the electrical system
- Look over the exterior of the home
- Check the windows, doors, and seals
- Check out the appliances
- Inspect the plumbing
Inspectors also notate things that are hazardous or dangerous on your inspection report. For example, if there are electrical wires loose and hanging, that could potentially cause a fire. That will be written up as a hazard, whereas a window seal that is a little leaky will just be notated.
Myth #4: Your Realtor Can Recommend a Home Inspector
This is never a good idea. You want your home inspector to give you the straight facts without sugar-coating it. On the other hand, you don’t want the inspector to exaggerate things either and make them appear too drastic. Having your inspection completed by someone the realtor recommended is not advisable. You can’t trust that the person won’t be completely objective because they have a stake in the sale.
Instead of going through a realtor for your home inspector, you need to find a neutral third party—someone who doesn’t know about your home or the realtor handling the sale. This will ensure you’ll have an honest assessment of your home’s needs.
Myth #5: You Must Make Repairs
People have the misunderstanding that they need to take care of all the items that show up on their inspection report. Several of the things are just suggestions and indicate minor repairs. However, sellers may want to correct some of the small things because it allows them to ask for a higher sale price. Also, if you can show buyers that you have fixed several of the things that are on the inspection, it gives greater leverage.
If you’re wondering how to know which items are essential and which ones are not, your inspection will make it all clear. Most home inspections have a section called “recommendations,” and another part that will be called something like “safety hazards.” This indicates which things are necessary to correct.
Myth #6: An Inspection Should Be Feared
Now that you understand how inspections work, you are ready to move forward confidently in the home buying or selling process. First, prepare your home for the inspection so your home will be at its best. Then remember that a home inspection helps protect you and your home when it comes time to sell—and buy!
Here at MARK Z., we know the Metro Detroit market so well we can guarantee you this: we sell your home, or we buy it. The only way we can offer a "Guaranteed Sold" program is because we are experts in Detroit real estate marketing. We know what works. Regardless of what your home inspection turns up, put the MARK Z. Real Estate Experts to work for you!