Its important to remember that there are a number of different problems that could be mentioned on a report, some being a lot more serious than others. For example, the report might note smoke detectors that aren’t working correctly, as defective, or it could show that some roof shingles are missing. These, while they are defects, are not necessarily a deal breaker as they can be easily fixed at a reasonably low price. But, there are much more serious problems as well such as mold, wood rot or structural damage. Obviously, these would be much bigger issues to fix and cost a great deal more money. There may be some cases where the problem is too big to take on. Its clear to see that a home inspection is crucial to have, before committing yourself to a property.
What if the home inspector who inspects the property is also a building contractor? Can’t they just fix any of the problems they find? This may seem like a really good idea but, on reflection, it may not be. It could look like the home inspector found issues with the property just so that he/she could fix them. This would call into question the honesty of the home inspector and the accuracy of the report. Choose an InterNACHI certified home inspector who abides by the InterNACHI Code of Ethics. This is the key to having an honest and thorough home inspection performed on your potential new home.