Having a home inspection performed on your potential new home is important because it can reveal defects with the property that you may not be aware of. But, if the inspector’s report does reveal problems, what should you do next?

The answer really depends on what kind of problems the house has and what is needed to fix them. For example, the report might show up issues like smoke detectors not working correctly or a few missing roof shingles etc. problems like this are easy and relatively inexpensive to correct. Other problems, however, might be a lot more serious such as mold, wood rot or major structural problems that would be a much bigger issue and much more costly to fix. Some issues might be too big to fix.

If the home inspector is also a building contractor, would it be OK for the inspector to fix any problems they find? While this seems like a good idea, it’s not always wise. Why? Because it might appear advantageous for the inspector to find defects so that they can fix them, this would call into question how accurate the inspection report is. Make sure that the home inspector is fully aware of and abides by InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics.

An InterNACHI certified home inspector is the key to a thorough home inspection. It’s very important that your potential new home has the best home inspection possible so that you can enjoy it for years to come.

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