4 Myths Buyers Believe About Home Inspections

#1. New construction doesn’t need an inspection

In a growing real estate markets, like ours in Colorado Springs, new home construction makes up a large part of the real estate purchases that happen every month. No matter when a home is built, errors can be made during any construction process.

Having a “phase inspection,” in which inspectors check on the status of a property through the building process, can help catch these mistakes and ensure that they are corrected before time passes.

Having grown up around the home construction business in rural Illinois, AmPro’s lead inspector Brodie Lotz, knows that all construction is not created equal. Whether the home is 40 years old or 4 months old, the quality of the construction, from doors and framing to brick work and roofing, can vary from crew to crew.

An inspection on a home of any age can only benefit everyone involved by putting another set of impartial eyes on the property.

#2. All home inspectors will highlight every little error for buyers

Most home inspectors don’t enter an inspection ready to set off “alarms.” They should be an unbiased, expert observer of the house and it’s systems, so that the overall condition of the property can be described to the buyer. It is our job as inspectors to put the shape of the property into the proper perspective--educating buyers on the status of damaged items, while not sounding the alarm on things that should be addressed by routine upkeep.

When you high a home inspector that has earned your trust, you can expect them to inform you about the most crucial issues, even if they don’t meticulously note every little scratch in the baseboards.

#3. The home inspection is primarily a tool to provide negotiating power to the buyer

Though there is some logic to this thinking, this is not the primary goal of the home inspection. Occasionally buyers will back out of a contract due to an unsatisfactory inspection or negotiate for repairs or discounts based on the inspector's findings.

However, the main goal of an property inspection is to educate the buyer on the physical condition of the property and proper future maintenance.

The inspector can actually put seemingly worrisome findings into perspective. We’ve seen buyers geen panicked over surface cracks near the corners of a foundation that were only cosmetic and posed no threat to the integrity of the home’s foundation. A good home inspector will explain serious and minor items, so that they are all understood properly by the buyer.

AmPro inspectors also encourage buyers to walk the property during an inspection, so that they can learn more about the home and how to maintain in properly for years to come. We encourage questions during an inspection, since it really helps the overall education of the buyers.

#4. Sellers shouldn’t have a home inspection before listing a property.

As we mentioned above, it’s common to view home inspections as only a bargaining chip for buyers to use to negotiate with sellers. It’s not surprising, then, for many sellers and real estate agents to see the home inspections as something to postpone or avoid.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Pre-listing inspections can put a lot of negotiating power into the seller's’ hands before a transaction ever begins.

We believe strongly in the benefits of pre-listing inspections for sellers.

Want to learn more?

Check out our recent post about all of the major benefits of pre-listing inspections here.

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