There are many defects that could be included on the report, some a lot more serious than others. Perhaps the report notes that a few roof shingles are missing, or smoke detectors are not working properly, these are problems that can be fixed easily and for a reasonably low cost. However, there are other issues that could be a lot more serious such as structural damage, mold issues or wood rot for example. These would be a much bigger job and cost a lot more to fix, in some cases, it might be too big of an issue to go ahead with the purchase. Whatever the case, it’s clear to see the wisdom in having the home inspected before committing yourself to it.
Sometimes the home inspector is also a building contractor, couldn’t you just ask them to fix any issues they find? Although you may feel it’s a good idea, a good home inspector will explain why its not. It could appear that it was advantageous for the inspector to find issues with the property in order to fix them, this might call into question the accuracy of the inspection report. Find out if the home inspection company is familiar with and abides by the InterNACHI Code of Ethics. Choosing an InterNACHI certified home inspector is the key to a thorough home inspection, one that you can feel confident about. So, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to answer your home inspection questions.