Home Inspectors and Primary Care Physicians

Not to rely to heavily on global generalizations, but today’s post is about generalities and specifically, if not generally, what you ought to expect from your home inspector.

Think of your primary care physician. These are the folks who are going to meet with you, listen to the symptoms as you describe them, run some diagnostic tests if needed and come up with a diagnosis. If there’s something drastic happening, they almost certainly will then recommend you go see a specialist for further review whether it’s a surgeon, a cardiologist or an electrocardio specialist, which I didn’t even know existed before the Wii Fit incident of 2009.

Home inspectors operate in much the same manner. They’ll look at the signs – a water stain on the underside of a roof or on a ceiling for instance – and will tell you that there’s evidence of a problem, present or past. But they aren’t roofers and don’t pretend to be. They’ll then refer you to a roofer – the specialist to determine the extent of the problem, or if the problem even still exists.

More times than not, further investigation into a problem isn’t going to be needed … and there are ways you can buy some additional time in addition to the inspection period in the contract if your agent knows his way around the paper.

Contrary to popular belief, inspectors aren’t getting paid to find problems … put another way, they’re not going to uncover problems just to justify their check. They’re going to get paid even if nothing is found, not that that ever happens – there’s almost something, even if it’s as relatively minor as the lack of an anti-siphon valve on a hose bibb.

You can skip the home inspection if you so choose, just as you can avoid your own doctor like the plague if you so choose (unless you have the plague, then you may want to stop in.) But what you don’t know in either case can hurt you down the line.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.