5 Common Myths About Home Inspections: Don’t Let Them Fool You!

Buying a home can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially if you are a first-time home buyer. One of the most critical steps in the home buying process is the home inspection. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about home inspections that can lead buyers to make uninformed decisions. In this article, we will debunk five common myths about home inspections.

Myth #1: A home inspection is not necessary for a new home.
Some home buyers assume that a new home is in perfect condition and doesn’t need a home inspection. However, even a newly constructed home can have hidden defects or problems that an untrained eye may not detect. It’s not uncommon things get skipped or forgotten. A home inspection can help identify any issues that need to be addressed, and prevent unexpected expenses in the future.

Myth #2: A home inspector will pass or fail a home.
A home inspection is not a pass or fail test. Every home has issues, and that’s the norm. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify any potential problems or defects in a home. The inspector will provide a report of their findings, which the buyer can sometimes use to negotiate repairs or a lower price with the seller.

Myth #3: A home inspection is too expensive.
The cost of a home inspection may seem like an added expense, but it is a small price to pay compared to the cost of potential repairs or replacements. A home inspection can save a buyer from making a costly mistake in purchasing a home that requires significant repairs or replacements. Generally, inspectors pay for themselves many times over by the end of the inspection.

Myth #4: A home inspector will check everything in a home.
A home inspector will perform a visual inspection of a home, but they will not be able to inspect everything. For example, the inspector will not be able to inspect inside walls or under the floors. However, they will identify visible defects or issues that are within Wisconsin’s scope of practice.

Myth #5: A home inspection can guarantee a problem-free home.
Unfortunately, home inspectors cannot predict the future or see through walls. While a home inspection can identify potential issues or defects, it cannot guarantee that a home is problem-free. Some problems may not be visible during the inspection, or they may arise after the sale is complete. A home inspection can help minimize the risks, but it cannot eliminate them entirely.

In conclusion, a home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process. By debunking these common myths, you can make an informed decision about the importance of a home inspection. A home inspection can provide peace of mind and save you from unexpected expenses in the future. Don’t let these myths fool you into skipping this critical step in the home buying process.

Kyle Jensen
Home Inspector,
Restaino Concierge Service Provider
HomeStart Inspections | 608.609.0369

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