What Your Home Inspector May Not Tell You

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Home inspectors don’t tell you everything

They don’t say: That up to 99% of the time, the issue or problem the inspector has put in his report will probably never happen or has only a minor risk or consequence. Yet, there it is. A comment or finding that says that the issue is hazardous, serious or possibly very costly.

That you need to have a licensed electrician, plumber or some other professional review, evaluate and correct the problem. At times, making you think that this is very serious or will possibly become very serious if you don’t follow his written recommendation, but in reality that it probably will never happen or just isn’t all that important.

Why do many inspectors do this?

Like many other fields, home inspectors are worried about liability and lawsuits. Some believe if they don’t point out the worst scenario or the possibility of something bad or costly happening, then if it does they will be facing a group of attorneys.

When there is a damaged outlet, the inspection report will often recommend replacement by a electrician or licensed electrical contractor. What it won’t say is that a qualified handyman could likewise replace the outlet, but at 1/2 the cost. The report may say that the drainage is improper and that it may result in significant  damage to the foundation or home, which is true under a few circumstances. However, the report doesn’t say that 98% of the homes that an inspector sees also don’t have perfect drainage.

What can you do?

  • First, keep in mind that the inspector is providing you with important information and that you should pay attention to the recommendations.
  • Secondly, keep in mind the mind set of the inspector writing the report and why.
  • Thirdly, consider asking the inspector questions like: would you buy a house that has these issues; or would he be afraid to live in the house: or would he recommend to a family member to expect to spend a tremendous amount of money to make the house livable

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