Avoid These Five Home Inspection Mistakes

by Ed Mitchell on December 13, 2014

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Avoid These Five Home Inspection Mistakes

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Not only is it the place where you and your family will live for years, it is also a financial investment. Unfortunately, buyers can become overwhelmed by the entire process of buying a home and can make major mistakes along the way.

Homeowners can avoid these mistakes by educating themselves on what to look out for.  Take some time to consider the following 5 most common home inspection mistakes and better position yourself to become a proud home owner.


Mistake 1.   Failing to be present during the home inspection.

When the home inspection is being done you should be there to ask questions and allow the home inspector to educate you about the quality and wear and tear on the home. If you are going to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a home you should be there with the inspector to learn all you can about what you are getting yourself into.

Mistake 2.  Believing the inspectors knows what you are looking for.

While inspectors have an obligation to notify you of all significant repair issues of your new home, they may not supply you with answers to specific concerns that you may have about the home.  If you have a specific concern, ask. Otherwise, your inspector isn’t going to be able to address all your concerns.  Make sure that your home inspector knows how he/she can give you peace of mind by devoting time to your specific home inspection concerns.

Mistake 3.  Failing to listen to your Home inspector.

Once the inspection is complete, it is up to the potential homeowner to follow up with the recommendations of the home inspector. Failure to do so can leave the home buyer responsible for serious repairs that should have been negotiated to either having the present homeowner make the repairs or reduce the purchase price.

Mistake 4.  Choosing the cheapest inspector.

A home inspection is a complete checkup on your future home, and as such you shouldn’t skimp on price. Remember, you get what you pay for. Choosing the cheapest inspector might save your bank account in the present, but down the road it could end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs and damages.

Mistake 5.  Skipping an inspection on New Construction.

Just because a home is newly built doesn’t mean it can’t have serious construction issues. Play it safe, and pay for a full inspection even if your future home was recently built.

Be an educated home buyer and keep these five most common mistakes in mind when you are buying your new home.

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Ed Mitchell, Certified Master Inspector®
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services
(856) 649-5946

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