Inside an Inspection Series

Myths of Home Inspections – See in Walls?

Myth 1 – Home Inspectors can see into walls. I know this may come as a huge disappointment to many, but home inspectors do not have super powers. We cannot see into walls. What inspectors do is use an educated eye to view the situation from every possible angle to determine the most likely problem and underlying issue. In many cases, this trained eye with the aid of tools like moisture meters, probes and sometimes IR cameras, home inspectors can make accurate determinations of what is going on that is unseen. It is important to know that when moisture is involved it is not until an invasive inspection is conducted that the extent of hidden damage can be determined. Home inspections are purely visual and non-invasive in nature.

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Inside an Inspection – The Exterior

The Exterior – What are those home inspectors really doing when they start walking around the house? Recently an agent even joked on her Linked In page that if she wanted to create a wrestling persona to invoke fear she’d be named The Home Inspector……. My thought was wow you need a new home inspector!

What is a “bad home inspection”? If unveiling needed repairs kills a deal it’s not because it was a bad home inspection. The worst situation would be if clients bought a house and damages weren’t discovered prior to the close. That means that the actual condition of the house wasn’t considered in the pricing of the house and repairs weren’t planned for.

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