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Myth Busters: 5 Things Your Home Inspector Won’t Tell You (and Why They’re Not Supposed To)

Myth Busters: 5 Things Your Home Inspector Won’t Tell You (and Why They’re Not Supposed To)

Buying or selling a home is a monumental life event, and a home inspection plays a crucial role in ensuring a smooth and informed process. But let's face it, amidst the whirlwind of emotions and paperwork, myths and misconceptions can easily swirl around home inspections. This can leave you wondering: "What is my inspector really doing?"

Fear not! Today, we're busting five common myths about home inspections, explaining why they exist, and setting the record straight. Armed with this knowledge, you can navigate your home inspection with confidence and make informed decisions.

Myth 1: The Inspector Will Tell Me if the Home Is "Up to Code"

Reality: While home inspectors are trained to identify numerous potential code violations, they can't definitively declare a home "up to code" or "not up to code." This responsibility lies with building code officials who conduct separate inspections based on specific state, local and regional codes which can vary from one jurisdiction to another. However a home inspector will highlight areas that do not comply with standard building practices, allowing you to investigate further with the appropriate authorities.

Myth 2: The Inspector Will Give Me a Repair Cost Estimate

Reality: Estimating repair costs requires specific expertise and detailed information beyond the scope of a standard home inspection. While your inspector will point out potential issues and concerns, providing cost estimates could lead to inaccurate assessments and misinterpretation. Instead, your home inspector will direct you to the proper professionals to help you understand the extent and scope of each concern, and can also give you specific repair estimates.

Myth 3: The Inspector Will Tell Me If I Should Buy the House

Reality: Your inspector's job is to provide a detailed report highlighting the home's condition, potential problems, and areas requiring further investigation. Ultimately, the decision to buy or sell rests with you, based on the inspection report, your budget, and other factors.

Myth 4: The Inspector Can Tell Me if the House Is "Good" or "Bad"

Reality: There's no such thing as a "perfect" house, and labeling a home as "good" or "bad" can be subjective and misleading. The inspector's role is to provide factual information about the home's condition, leaving you to evaluate its suitability based on your needs, priorities, and budget. Remember, "good" and "bad" are relative terms, and what matters most is whether the house aligns with your specific expectations and requirements.

Myth 5: New Homes Don't Need Inspections

Reality: Even brand new homes often harbor unseen issues, from faulty wiring to improper construction practices. Yes, the home may have passed all the inspections by building code officials as it was being built, but remember, once a code official passes an area such as foundation or framing, they never come back to ensure that other trades such as HVAC or electrical contractors have not disturbed or changed what was already inspected. That's where the home inspector comes in and takes an overall view of all systems and components that make up a home once they are all in and functional. A home inspection can offer valuable peace of mind, uncovering potential problems early on and allowing you to address them with your builder before they develop into bigger issues down the road after your home warranty runs out. Think of it as an investment in your future, ensuring you start your new homeownership journey with a solid foundation.

Remember: Blue Mountain Home Inspections is your trusted partner throughout the home buying or selling process. Our commitment to same-day reports and our comprehensive range of inspection services, including radon testing, mold testing, termite inspections; drinking water, well, and septic inspections, and more, ensure you have a clear and thorough understanding of your property's condition. Contact us today to schedule your inspection and experience the Blue Mountain difference!

Bonus Tip: For more in-depth information on specific aspects of home inspections, visit our website at bluemountainhomeinspections.com. We offer a wealth of resources and insights to empower you with knowledge and make informed decisions about your home.

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