5 Things Home Inspectors Won’t Tell You

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Home inspectors, News | Comments Off on 5 Things Home Inspectors Won’t Tell You


The house market is rejuvenating gradually. More buyers and sellers are being reintroduced to one of the most nerve racking procedures in the real estate industry; home inspection. A professional home inspection is an important procedure of the home buying process. Inspections which often occur after a buyer has made an offer are meant to analyze the home’s condition. Home inspection is becoming ingrained in the industry, twenty years ago, 75% of purchased homes were inspected while today the percentage has risen to 95. However, the process is not thorough in identifying potential or existing problems at home. There are certain areas that the inspector won’t check and some he or she is not qualified to look into. In addition, inspections are tedious since there are long lists of trouble signs without suitable explanation which can ruin a deal. Most real estate professionals also complain that some of the inspectors are over ambitious.

home_mainpicFirst off, an inspector will not tell you that he or she is not qualified. Few states have laws keeping home inspectors in check according to ASHI and where regulations exists, the rules are too wide. Home Inspectors therefore need licenses but most do not have. If an inspector ignores or misses a problem that costs you in the long run, you could sue. However, there is no National requirement that inspectors carry any level of liability or omission or errors insurance and the insurances differ with states. In practice, inspectors found accountable for damages will probably not pay. This is one of the things that your inspector will not tell you.

Inspectors should only work for the client. However, home inspectors also try to please agents and brokers so as to get a bigger piece of the cake. This can give them any motive to ignore any hitches with a house, but this you will not know. Pros advise homeowners to be wary if a broker or agent assigns only one inspector to them or if a broker attempts to discuss the inspection with the inspector excluding the client.

Having a home inspected prior to submitting an offer is a practice that is common in some states such as San Francisco and Seattle. Most real estate agents think that this protocol should be enforced widely. However, traditionally inspections happen after the offer has been made. The practice is so ingrained that most home inspectors do not question it.

Home-inspector-6632Home inspectors are only allowed to inspect areas that easily accessible. For instance, a home inspector is not obligated to tell you whether the air-conditioning system is energy-efficient or adequate. He or she can only tell you that it works and it free of faults.

Most home inspectors have been in the construction industry or still are. In most cases, inspectors refer a home buyer to a friend’s firm or even to their own contracting business to attend to the same defects the inspection detected. Also some will promise you better deals if you go with someone they recommend. These are some of the things that most home inspectors will never tell you but you should be on the lookout.