It wasn’t until the mid-1970’s that home inspections became a standard practice in the home buying process here in the US. However, the dramatic narration of many home improvement programs combined with the unpredictable nature of the housing market have made home inspections a misunderstood process. Granted, most home buyers and home sellers realize that home inspections are a critical part of every real estate transaction. However, few of them are familiar with the process and its details.
Despite the fact that most individuals who are buying or selling a home are aware of its importance, there are 5 common misconceptions of the home inspection process:
Home inspections are exclusively for buyers – FALSE. Although home inspections can be beneficial for home buyers, they actually make a lot of sense for people who are selling their homes as well. In fact, we have seen a significant increase in the number of sellers that request a home inspection over the past 5 years.
Home inspections are only performed Monday through Friday – FALSE. Realtors don’t follow a 9-to-5, Monday through Friday only schedule and neither do most of the home inspectors out there. Every one of the home inspectors we employ are committed to meeting or exceeding the needs of the client. If their only free time is in the evening or on weekends, we’ll work around their schedule.
Home inspections only need to be performed on older homes – FALSE. One of the most common misconceptions about home inspections is that they are only beneficial for individuals who are buying an older home. As the old saying goes, “Age is just a number.” Even newer homes can have problems, most of which result from neglected maintenance or poor construction standards. That is one of the reasons that you need to have home inspections in the first place.
Home inspections require advanced notice and planning – FALSE. Many potential home buyers make the mistake of forgoing a home inspection because they assume that one cannot be scheduled on short notice. If requested, we can schedule your home inspection the same day.
You need a degree in order to understand home inspection reports – FALSE. A home inspection report doesn’t have to be a complicated document. Most inspectors provide easy-to-read reports that contain the estimated costs to address specific issues and problems as well as illustrations and photos. Our home inspection team provides the information you need to make your buying decision.
For more information regarding homes inspections in Broward County or to schedule an inspection appointment, call Florida Inspections Unlimited at 954-861-0666 today. Our team is available to answer your queries and provide you with a free quote.