When dealing with home inspections there are a lot of myths that keep on being perpetuated within the industry. A lot of them come at a cost to the homeowner, and you may end up paying more than you actually need to. It’s important to know where you stand in home inspections, there’s no reason to add more to your to do list; you already have enough to begin with.
In this article we’re going to cover the top myths in home inspection that keep on being passed around like common knowledge. In this article we’re here to decipher the truth.
1. As a seller you need to fix everything
Sellers aren’t actually required to fix anything, it’s common myth that sellers must fix every defect that arises. However, buyers can only ask sellers to fix things. They by no means have to fix anything if they don’t want to. There is no actual contractual obligation.
2. Newly built homes don’t need an inspection
It’s commonly assumed that newly built homes are completely good to go, and free from any inspection issues. However, a lot of times when new homes are built corners end up being cut and issues may arise. It’s always important to inspect a new home, even if it was built just a few months prior.
3. Size matters when it comes to air conditioners
A lot of people judge the air conditioner by it’s actual size, however what’s more important is its cooling capacity. Air conditioners are rarely undersized and usually the perfect fit for the home. Make sure this doesn’t arise, by checking the cooling capacity of the unit with the square footage of the house.
4. Old stucco needs to be replaced
It isn’t the very old stucco that you have to be concerned about, rather it’s the stucco that was installed on homes in the 90s. A lot of times this stucco can be a health hazard. If you’re buying a home that wasn’t built in the 90s, the stucco shouldn’t be an issue. However, it’s stall smart to do a moisture test before you cross is off your list.
5. Bedrooms must have a closet
Bedrooms do not need closets. Nothing within the housing codes states that bedrooms need to have closets. It’s simply a myth that’s been told again and again. Of course, it might be a little strange if a bedroom doesn’t have a closet, however it’s not a requirement.
6. Double tapped circuit breakers are a hassle to replace
Having a double tapped circuit breaker is one of the most common electrical issues that arises during an inspection. However, this is not even a big deal to replace. The safety risk from having that kind of breaker is also incredibly low.
I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better understanding of the most common house inspection myths that continue to be passed around. It’s smart to educate yourself on these issues, as it can be dangerous to continue to pass on knowledge, especially if it’s false. Home inspections don’t need to be a hassle, having more knowledge in your back pocket will never be a detriment.