39 Secrets Home Inspectors Won’t Tell You
Before you hire a home inspector, read some of their little-known secrets.
I can’t see under the cement slab or inside the walls.
So if a dishonest seller wants to go out of his way to hide defects, I might not be able to find them. Don’t even consider moving until you ask yourself these important questions.
Some of the worst homes are those owned by do-it-yourselfers.
I’ve seen toilets flushing with hot water, weird appliance hookups, and indoor electrical panels dangerously mounted outside in the elements. Hire a professional if you don’t know what you’re doing–and don’t try these 12 other DIY projects.
Roof and foundation issues can stop a sale fast.
If you’re selling and are not sure of their conditions, get a professional to evaluate them ahead of time—and make sure tree limbs are trimmed far away from the roof to prevent damage.
I’ve encountered every kind of hazard.
Once, I was crawling underneath a bathroom, and I felt something strange beneath me. I looked down and discovered I was on a huge pile of double-edged razor blades. I took a picture of it because I thought no one would believe me. Here’s what you should know about keeping your house safe from burglars.
A growing number of people are having us inspect condos, co-ops, and even apartments before they move in.
I can evaluate the space you’ll be responsible for, and if it’s a condo or co-op, I’ll inspect the roof and boiler and let you know if you’re likely to be hit with a capital charge in a year or two for the cost of a new one. Moving into an apartment? Take a photo of these five things right now.
You should be there during the inspection of a house you’re buying, so I can talk to you about what I find.
A good inspector will also show you how to change the furnace filter, and where to find the main plumbing trap, electrical disconnect and water shutoff valve. If your inspector doesn’t want you there for the inspection, that’s a red flag. Don’t miss these surprising costs that every first-time homeowner should be aware of.
Sellers: If you have a detached garage, leave me the keys.
And if you have an attic door in your closet, move your clothes out of the way. I’m not going to move your stuff, so if you don’t make it accessible, it may hold up your deal because I’ll have to come back another day.
Be especially careful if you’re buying from a home flipper.
Unfortunately, I’ve run into a lot of unethical flippers looking to make some quick money who intentionally hide problems. Here’s how to have a stress-free move.
Some simple steps sellers can take before the inspection to save time and trouble later:
Make sure every light fixture has a working bulb, test all electrical outlets, repair holes and cracks in drywall, have your carpets and air ducts cleaned, test your smoke detector, and have your HVAC system serviced. Watch out for these major signs your house is in trouble.
If you’re building a house…
…bring me in once before the drywall is put in, so I can look at the bones of the house as well as the plumbing and electrical work. If you wait until it’s finished, a lot of the defects will be hidden. Here’s how to build trust with your new neighbors.