Professional home inspectors inspect and report on the condition of a home; they do not assess the home’s fair market value, but rather conduct a visual inspection of the physical structure and systems. Interested readers can find more information about them at Vegas Valley Inspections-Home Inspection Company.
Home inspectors are not responsible for flaws that are not apparent, such as those found under floors, under insulation, in walls, and also behind or obscured by personal property. When problems or signs are found, the inspector may suggest repairs or preventative measures to ensure that your property is trouble-free in the future.
Tip: Home inspection firms inspect and recommend repairs before agreeing to complete the work. It’s not difficult to see that they have a conflict of interest. Repair recommendations often provide a range of feasible alternatives, some of which are more comprehensive (and therefore more expensive) than others.
We know of one case where the soil was too high and was about six inches from the base and wood exterior walls. The home inspection company advised that this invites termites and other rodents, and that the base be lifted six inches. The more cost-effective approach was to remove the soil and grade the area of the land.
The following is a solution to a conflict of interest:
- Do it on your own
- Hire an independent contractor
- Hire a home inspection company that only provides advice and does not perform repairs.
When looking at properties, buyers can use the lists to narrow down their options, not to replace a professional home inspection. Until selling a home for sale, buyers should consider paying for a home inspection. You should bid for yourself if there is a lot of work to be done before scaring away a buyer. In any case, depend on a thorough home inspection before signing a purchase or sale contract.