4 Things Your San Diego Home Inspector Will Not Tell You

4 Things Your San Diego Home Inspector Will Not Tell You

Home inspections have become an integral part of the home buying process. 20 years ago, 75% of homes purchased were inspected. Today that statistic is 95% according to Bill Loden, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, a Des Plaines, Ill.-based industry trade group.

A home inspection is a nominal up-front out-of-pocket cost for the buyer, but could save much more in wasted time and money down the line. A good inspector will look at the foundation to make sure nothing is cracked or rotting, examine the roof condition, check out the plumbing and HVAC systems and ensure the fireplace is in safe working condition. Also, items like cut-outs made in doors for toilets will certainly be noted!

However, there is a list of 4 things a less than reputable inspector won't tell you that could hurt you as a buyer in the long run:

1. They can make a mountain out of a mole hill.
Some inspectors can create a long list of superficial issues such as chipped paint or a noisy bathroom fan without putting them in to context and grade of importance. This can scare off new home buyers now faced with the impression they may be buying in to a money pit. In these scenarios, it is important to be working with a Realtor® you can trust, to help guide you to additional resources in determining the health of the home you're considering.

2. They may not have any credentials.
Only about two-thirds of the states have laws regulating home inspectors, according to ASHI, and even where regulations exist, the range of rules is wide. For example, in New York home inspectors are required to take a 140 hour pre-licensing course. On the other hand in California, there’s no license needed and no classes are required. Also, there is no national requirement that inspectors carry liability or errors-and-omissions insurance, and insurance rules vary by state. This means that an inspector that is found liable for missing an important defect in a home you decide to purchase may not have to ever pay up. Looking to buy real estate in San Diego? Make sure you find a real estate agent that can refer you a list of licensed professional inspectors from which you can choose. 

3. They may not know what to look for with new construction.
A new home may not have visible foundation issues or worn out appliances, but there can still be many problems a good inspector will be able to look for. Plumbing and electrical connections can be left unattached by accident, and once new homes settle on their foundation, windows and cabinets may need to be re-aligned. Also, a good home inspector will take down the serial numbers of appliances present to make sure none have been recalled. Once again, working with a reputable Realtor® with industry connections can ensure you are working with an inspector that goes above and beyond in protecting your interests.

4. They can make money off the problems they find.
There is the potential for a conflict of interest when it comes to problems an inspector may find and the company to which he refers you for getting the issue fixed. Working with a good real estate agent means you will have someone you can trust who can provide you with a list of proven industry professionals from which to get a second opinion.


Armed with this information, be a savvy buyer and find your next San Diego home with the help of a real estate agent with a duty to protecting your interests and finding you the perfect home.


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