There’s a lot that goes into buying a house, building a house, or repairing a house. Most important is the inspection process. A home is one of the biggest investments in our lives, you want to be informed every step of the way and that includes an unbiased, professional and detailed inspection of your home.
Important Things to Know Before a Home Inspection
Finding a local home inspection specialist is just one step in the process. As a homeowner, you need to be aware of the mistakes that people commonly make in the inspection process.
- Inspect new construction – people assume that if you’re building your home you don’t need an inspection during the construction phase. Wrong! You always want to get an independent third party inspection. A third party inspection will be thorough and unbiased. Even if your home has passed city and county codes, that doesn’t mean a third party inspection of new construction won’t find major construction defects. Do you really want to take that chance?
- Choosing the cheapest inspector – If you’re going to spend the money on an inspection, make sure you pick the right inspector for the right reason. Not the first and the cheapest. For stucco homes you want to choose a stucco inspection specialist. Stucco is special and deserves a specialist if you want to be sure you are getting the real scoop on your home.
- Being absent at the inspection – unfortunately many new or potential homeowners will mis-read the inspection report. If you are present in the inspection you can ask questions as you go along, get clarification and be sure that you don’t under-estimate serious problems and focus on the not so serious problems.
A general contractor is not going to point out their own flaws, a realtor wants the sale, do yourself a favor of scheduling a third party inspection before making the biggest investment of your life.