Common Mistakes People Make When Getting A Home Inspection
A home inspection is one of the final steps when purchasing a house, and it’s essential that you get it right. By getting an in-depth inspection carried out, you can make an educated decision about the house and ensure that you don’t encounter any unpleasant surprises after you move in.
However, wrapped in the excitement of finalizing the purchase of the house, homebuyers often overlook the flaws pointed out by the inspector. Unfortunately, ignoring the inspector’s recommendations and not following up on the repairs can cost you in the long run. To help you avoid committing errors like these, Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC., has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when getting a home inspection.
1. Calling every inspector in town to make sure that you get the lowest price.
Price should not be the top criteria when getting a home inspection. When you compare this to a surgery, would you call every surgeon in town so you can get the lowest price or would you look a little closer at the surgeon’s background? Similarly, you should consider the inspector’s background, their experience and knowledge, and see if they have any experience in fields related to construction, before hiring them. You should also find out what is their turnaround time for the inspection. As most inspections are done in the optional period of seven to fourteen days, any delays in the turn around time could be costly for you as a buyer.
2. The buyer does not show up for a verbal walkthrough.
After the inspection is complete, the inspector does a walkthrough where they explain issues that need the homeowner’s attention. The inspection covers a lot of technical information and helps the buyer understand the ramifications of the inspector’s findings. By skipping the walkthrough, the buyer won’t understand what repairs should be treated as a priority and may go through with the purchase without addressing the serious repair work required.
3. Failure to insist that the seller repair/replace the items.
Often, the buyer will let the seller talk them out of the request for replacement or repair with the statement “Well, I never had any problem with it.” For example, an unsafe electric panel such as a Federal Pacific Electric Panel or a Zinco Electric Panel both of which are a known fire and safety hazard. Failure to insist on such repairs as per the advice of the home inspector could pose some severe damage to you, your family, or your home.
4. Failure to get a follow-up inspection.
Several technical issues need a trained professional to determine if the repairs/replacement are done in an acceptable manner. Instead of letting the seller tell you that “everything is ok,” follow-up with your inspector to reassure you that you’re making the right decision.
For the best home inspection services in Corpus Christi, Texas, reach out to the experts at Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC. When you hire me, you’re not only getting an experienced inspector, but also an experienced home builder with over thirty years of building both custom and speculative homes. I provide commercial property inspection, home inspection, bank loan/ draw inspection, phased inspections for FHA/VA homes.