Busted! Don’t Believe These Home Inspection Myths!

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A house may have a beautiful exterior, but on the inside, there could be a cracked window or a wiring issue which would be missed by a typical homebuyer. Whether it is a small or big problem, only a professional home inspector can easily spot deficiencies in your house.

A home inspection is a safe, non-invasive visual examination. The findings are then documented in the form of a detailed report which gives you an idea about the worth of the property and helps you make a better buying decision.

Sometimes, property inspection companies do not offer all kinds of inspection services, causing buyers to acquire a contrary notion towards the industry or due to rumors and misconceptions found on the internet, they waive a home inspection. However, waiving a home inspection is never a good idea and can cost you a fortune in the long run.

To help you steer clear of the many misconceptions that exist, Northcoast Property Inspections has debunked some of the most widely believed myths about home inspection.

Myth 1: A home inspection is the same as a home appraisal.

These two roles are very different. An appraiser’s function is to determine the value of a house on behalf of the lending institution. Home inspectors inspect and report the condition and functionality of the major systems of the home along with safety issues.

Myth 2: It doesn’t matter which inspector you hire.

Licensed home inspectors have various degrees of training or certification, so as a buyer, it is up to you to find a competent professional. If someone is licensed, it doesn’t always mean they are qualified. Instead, it implies that an inspector may have met a minimum requirement for their license. Do your homework by getting referrals from professional associations, agents, and other homeowners, and then cross-check these references thoroughly.

Myth 3: An inspector will uncover every single thing that is wrong with the house.

This is false. As much as you would like them to, home inspectors cannot check every nook and cranny. People think home inspectors can see behind walls, but they are not Superman, they don’t have X-ray vision. Home inspectors are rather guests in the seller’s home which limits what they can do.

We can’t tear into a wall to look behind it, or rip something apart to see why it’s making a noise. We’re there for a visual inspection of readily accessible areas of the home, so if there’s a china cabinet in front of something, we’re not going to move it. Home inspectors do use specialized tools such as infrared cameras and moisture meters that allow them to gather more information. But buyers should be realistic about what an inspector can and cannot inspect.

If you’re looking for a home inspection company in Jacksonville, FL, reach out to Northcoast Property Inspections. We are a one-stop shop for all your property inspection needs. Our services include home inspection, wood-destroying organism inspections, new construction inspections, wind mitigation, month warranty inspection, and pre-listing inspection. We are also licensed and insured by the State of Florida.

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