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  • Writer's pictureBob and Kathy Parmenter

Common home inspection mistakes to avoid

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

As a home buyer, a home inspection is one of the most important steps in the purchasing process. It provides a thorough evaluation of the condition of the property, identifying any potential issues or problems that may need to be addressed. However, many home buyers make mistakes during the inspection process that can have serious consequences. To help you avoid these pitfalls, here are the most common home inspection mistakes to avoid:

  1. Not hiring a professional inspector - While it may seem like a good idea to save money by conducting a DIY inspection, it's essential to hire a professional inspector. A professional inspector has the training, experience, and expertise to thoroughly evaluate the property and identify any issues that may go unnoticed by an amateur.

  2. Not being present during the inspection - While it's not mandatory, it's highly recommended that you attend the inspection. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions, get a better understanding of the property's condition, and see any issues in person.

  3. Failing to review the inspection report thoroughly - After the inspection is complete, it's essential to review the report carefully. Make sure you understand any issues that were identified and what the inspector recommends to address them.

  4. Not verifying the inspector's credentials - Not all inspectors are created equal, and it's important to verify the inspector's credentials before hiring them. Check for certifications, insurance, and references to ensure you're hiring a qualified professional.

  5. Neglecting to address identified issues - If the inspector identifies any issues with the property, it's crucial to address them promptly. Neglecting to address these issues could result in serious problems down the line.

  6. Not allowing enough time for the inspection - A thorough inspection can take several hours, so it's important to allow enough time for the inspector to do their job. Rushing the inspector can lead to missed issues and a less comprehensive inspection.

In conclusion, avoiding these common home inspection mistakes can help you make an informed decision about purchasing a property. By hiring a professional inspector, being present during the inspection, reviewing the report thoroughly, verifying the inspector's credentials, addressing identified issues, and allowing enough time for the inspection, you can ensure a smooth and successful home buying experience.

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