There are so many things to consider when you are buying a home. It might seem like forever before you find the home that’s right for you – but once you do, don’t forget about the home inspection! It’s one of the most important parts of the sales process. But there is a lot of misinformation out there, so it’s important to have the right facts. Here are some common myths about home inspections:
All Home Inspectors are the Same
This could not be further from the truth! It might be logical to assume that every home inspector will provide the same service but that’s just not the case. When choosing an inspector, don’t just verify their license – check to see if they are ASHI Certified as well. This certification means they have pledged to go above and beyond the minimum requirements of an inspector. When you work with a certified inspector from Lakes Area Home Inspections, you can be sure that your best interests are always in mind, and that your inspection will be completed to the highest of standards.
You Don’t Need a Home Inspection if you Get an Appraisal
A home inspection is actually very different than a real estate appraisal. An appraisal will compare the home being purchased to other similar homes that have recently sold, in order to determine the true value of the home. A home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home, both inside and out, to determine if there are any major or minor defects with the structure, foundation, roof, electrical systems and more. If you are buying a house, an appraisal and a home inspection should be completed by a qualified professional.
New Construction Homes Don’t Need a Home Inspection
Contrary to popular myth, newly constructed homes definitely still need a home inspection. Just because a new home passes building codes does not mean it is free of problems. In fact, issues are often found with plumbing, electrical wiring and even structural components such as foundation cracks or grading. Always have a home inspector do a complete inspection so you know the house is complete, safe and not in need of any repairs in the near future.
You’ll Just be in the Way if You Go to the Home Inspection
No you won’t! A buyer should definitely go with on the home inspection – and if an inspector does not want you there, you should take your business elsewhere. This is the perfect time to see first-hand what issues are present, and to ask any questions you might have. Our inspectors are very thorough with our clients, and even take extra time with first-time buyers who may be a bit overwhelmed by the process.
An Inspector Can Give Advice on Whether to Buy a House
There are a lot of valuable services that an inspector provides, but telling a buyer whether they should buy a house is not one of them. Each person has their own opinion of what is acceptable and what they are willing to negotiate on. The purpose of a home inspection is to get accurate, detailed information regarding the true condition of a home. It is up to the buyer to decide whether to complete the deal or not.
Contact Lakes Area Home Inspections at 262-818-0911 in Southern Wisconsin or 224-338-8885 in Northern Illinois for detailed, professional home inspections by qualified, certified inspectors. We will make sure you have all the important facts so you can have peace of mind with your investment decision.
LAHI serves the entire area of Northern IL and Southern WI. If you are in Lake Villa, Zion, Wadsworth, Volo, Buffalo Grove or the surrounding areas, give us a call at (224) 334-8885 so we can get you on our schedule