You may have been saving up for your first new home for a few years. The idea of a new home may fill you with glee and excitement. You’ve taken the rights step, set a contingency clause, and hired a home inspector.
A few hours after your home inspector reviews your prospective new home, they come out and give you a list of any issues they’ve found — and that’s important. You should, however, know that home inspectors can still miss issues during a home inspection:
Lead paint and asbestos aren’t always easy to find
Your home inspector may only look into the top layer of your walls. It can be harder to find signs of lead paint or asbestos If a home has multiple layers of paint and wallpaper. Your inspector may fear damaging the home if they have to put a hole in a wall to find issues.
You can order your own lead testing kit if you believe there is lead in the walls.
Swimming pools may not be considered part of the home
Not all inspectors look into the same issues. If your inspector doesn’t consider a swimming pool part of the house then you may be left with a cracked, faulty or otherwise unusable swimming pool left in your house purchase.
Asking your inspect what they will inspect can ensure you have the right person for the job.
Dry weather can make it difficult to find leaky roofs
It can be easy for your inspector to find issues in a roof with long-term damage. Your inspector, however, may find it difficult to find minor leaks if a roof had been recently repaired or if the weather has been clear of rain for a long time.
If you’re concerned a home inspector didn’t fulfill their role then you may need to seek legal help. Finding an issue your home inspector missed can cause you to purchase a home with major issues, causing you to delay your move-in date.