Busted! Don’t Believe These Home Inspection Myths!
Before you set your heart on a house that reflects your dreams, it’s essential to have it inspected to avoid purchasing a problematic property. A professional home inspection will reveal flaws in the house and issues that could arise in the future. Moreover, it will give you the upper hand when it comes to negotiating the final price of the home you’re interested in.
Unfortunately, many people skip on the home inspection stage while purchasing real estate. The main reason behind this is the falsehoods associated with home inspections. Most people assume that home inspections are irrelevant and an additional expense that they don’t need. But, in reality, not getting your home inspected could cost you a significant sum of money in the long run.
To help you steer clear of the misconceptions associated with home inspections, Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC. has debunked three of the most widely believed myths about home inspections.
Myth 1: My home does not need an inspection as it has been inspected by city inspectors and passed all inspections.
City inspectors inspect houses only for code compliance and not functionality. A home inspection by a professional inspector will take more time than all of the city inspections combined. Some of the things that I have encountered while inspecting new homes are:
a. A/C units that operate inefficiently (which is not a part of the city inspection)
b. Hot and cold water are reversed for some of the sinks and bathtubs so that the cold water is on the left and the hot water is on the right (which is not a part of the city inspection)
c. The hot water is not hot enough to allow for proper cleaning, or it is so hot that it is in the scalding range and could cause skin damage
d. Some doors do not latch and lock properly.
As a result, you can see how essential it is for a house (old or new) to be inspected by a professional home inspector.
Myth 2: My Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panel does not need to be changed out as the seller told me that it has never given him any trouble.
This is like saying that I know that there is a rattlesnake in the back yard, but I am not removing it because it has never bitten anybody. FPE electric panels are an accident waiting to happen as they are known to cause fires and safety hazards. If the seller tells you that they won’t malfunction any time soon, you need to be very careful about the house they are selling as they could be withholding more information. Apart from FPE panels, Zinco electric panels have the same issues and must be replaced as well.
Myth 3: I know that my home does not have the proper Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) plugs in the required places, and the smoke detectors are not up to current code requirements, but when this house was built these were not needed, so they are grandfathered in.
Grandfathering is not a part of the home inspection process. A professional inspector is looking for health and safety issues that will make the home a safer place regardless of when it was built or what the code requirements were at that time. Their main goal is to make sure the property is suitable for living as per modern-day standards.
If you’re looking to steer clear of more myths like these, reach out to Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC. I am a licensed home and property inspector in Corpus Christi, Texas, with over thirty years of custom construction experience. My construction knowledge and experience allow me to thoroughly cater to my clients’ inspection needs and ensure they get accurate details about the property.