4 Home Inspection Myths Debunked

The home inspection is arguably the most important step of the home-buying or selling process. There a lot of common myths and false assumptions revolving around residential home inspections. Let’s take a look at a few of some of the most common home inspection myths.

Myth 1. Home Inspectors Can Tell You Whether You Purchase The Home:
One of the most commonly asked questions that buyers asked inspectors is “would you buy this house?” Home inspectors can only tell you about the visible functioning portion of the house. Inspectors are impartial and inspection reports are not meant to help the buyer or the seller renegotiate the purchase price of the home. However, one of the advantages of having a home inspection at the beginning of the sales process, you are able to shorten the length of the real transaction process by dealing with obstacles immediately before they interfere or derail a potential sale.

Myth 2: Home Inspections Are Perfect:
Despite what you may think, home inspectors cannot see behind walls. A home inspection is generally a visual inspection for system and major accessible component defects and safety issues. If parts of the home are permanently hidden by walls, ceilings or are inaccessible during the inspection, it’s impossible for the inspector to ensure that safety and proper conditions exist beyond that hidden capacity.

Myth 3: Brand-New Home Don’t Need To Be Inspected:
Surprisingly, brand new homes are not exempt from getting a home inspection. New construction home can have faulty construction or poor workmanship. This can lead to all kinds of repair related issues in the future. Home inspections should also be conducted on houses that have been flipped. With flipped homes, you’ll want to make sure that code inspectors verified the remolded work, in the addition to the right building permit.

Myth 4: Homes Can either Pass or Fail Inspection
Home inspections are not a matter of pass or fail. It’s up to the buyer to determine if they’re willing to live with the findings from the inspection. when it comes to the safety concerns of the property home inspectors determine whether or not there are any existing safety hazards with the home. Home inspection reports mostly consist of minor imperfections, maintenance recommendation. Issues found on your home inspection report fall into four important categories:

  • Major defects, such as structural failure;
  • Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as rook leak;
  • Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately;
  • Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.
  • Have questions about the home inspection process or would like to request a home inspection quote? Contact Tim Rupon from S&J Home Inspections to guide you through the home inspection process. Tim is an InterNACHI-certified Home Inspector with extensive knowledge and experience as a Residential Home Inspector professional serving buyer and sellers across the Midlands of Columbia SC and surrounding areas! #RBI 2627