If you’ve decided to hire a home inspector in Tampa, you’ve made the right choice. Before you agree to work with a local inspector, read through the five biggest home inspection mistakes, so you can avoid making your own mistake!
1. Not bothering to research home inspectors before hiring.
Even if a home inspector comes highly recommended by a neighbor or friend, you should still take the time to do a little research on their qualifications and experience. Ask potential inspectors what professional organizations they belong to and what certifications they have. Also, ask what their background is; preferably you want a home inspector with a background in the building industry. You might also want to ask how many inspections they have done; you don't need to hire a seasoned veteran, but you do want someone who has some experience. Keep in mind that most good inspectors have a full calendar so do not wait until the last minute because you may end up with a less than qualified inspector. It is wise to start researching home inspectors ahead of time, so you aren’t scrambling to find someone who is available.
2. Not attending the home inspection.
You don’t have to attend the home inspection, but a reputable home inspector would prefer that you did. Walking through the home with the inspector will give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn as much as possible about the condition of the home. The knowledge you gain from attending the inspection is valuable whether you are buying or selling. If an inspector tells you that you cannot attend, consider that a big red flag.
3. Not reading the full home inspection report.
You should receive a complete written report about 24 hours after the inspection. Then it is your responsibility to take the time to read the entire report. If you just glance at the report, you might miss something big that will come into play when you sit down to purchase or sell the home.
4. Not having new construction inspected.
New construction does not mean that the home comes without flaws. Even the best builders make mistakes. If you decide to save money because you think a new home doesn’t need an inspection - it could end up costing you a lot in the long run. A qualified home inspector in Tampa will be able to recognize the common (and not so common) defects that are found with new construction. Typically the issues with new homes are ventilation issues, window leaks, facade leaks, firewall deficiencies, missing GFCI outlets, stucco issues, drainage issues and more. Save yourself the headache and have a new home inspected by a licensed home inspector and you’ll be glad you did.
5. Not having a pre-listing inspection.
Without question, buyers should have a home inspection - and most will have to for financing and insurance purposes, but sellers should have a home inspection also, prior to listing the home. It may seem like an unnecessary step, but it really gives the seller more control. If you have a pre-listing inspection, you will have more time to get repairs done. If you wait until after the buyer’s inspection, you will be in a rush to get repairs completed and won’t have time to shop around for the best price. A pre-listing inspection will tell you the overall condition of your home, and in the end, you might decide that offering the home, or some components of the home, ‘as-is’ makes more sense than getting the repairs done. Knowledge is power, and having a pre-listing inspection will give you more information as you move forward through the real estate process.
Keep these mistakes in mind when beginning the home buying or selling process and you won’t end up dealing with an expensive surprise down the road.