You are probably well aware by now that a home inspection is vital for ensuring that your new home is a wise investment. So, what should you do if the home inspection uncovers a problem? What will that mean for you as the buyer?
It is common for some items on a home inspection report to be listed as faulty. The important thing is to find out what those items are and how serious of a problem it is. For instance, the inspection may note down issues like faulty smoke detectors, or loose roof shingles, etc. However, these problems are not too serious and can be fixed at little cost. Then there are the more serious issues like structural damage, wood rot, and mold for example. Fixing a problem like this is a much bigger job and could be very expensive, in some cases, the damage may be so extensive that you may want to renegotiate the deal or even back out of the sale. These few examples highlight the important role that a thorough home inspection plays when purchasing a new home.
You will often find that a home inspector is also a licensed building contractor. If you find a home inspector you trust, should you employ them to fix the problems they found when they inspected the home? This is not the best course of action as it could call into question the accuracy of the inspection report and look like problems were found or exaggerated in order to generate more work for the home inspector.
If you are wondering who you can trust to carry out your home inspection, it is good to look for a home inspector who is InterNACHI certified and follows the InterNACHI Code of Ethics, this will ensure that your home inspection is carried out thoroughly and honestly.