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Dennis Kanakis; New York
Licensed and Certified Home Inspect (28 years experience)



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Myths You Mustn't Believe About Home Inspections

There are a lot of false ideas going around about house inspections and the process and need for hiring home inspectors. Believing these myths could in many cases cost you a lot of money. So in the interest of saving you as many headaches as much cash as possible, here is the truth about some of these myths.
1) The report from the inspector serves as a list of needed repairs that the seller must address. Truth: The seller has the option of using this list as a list of repairs, or alternatively as a tool for negotiating, to help move the deal along.
2) There's no real difference in home inspectors. Truth: A person is not qualified as a home inspector just because he or she claims the title—or even if they're certified. In fact, some states don't even require that an inspector have a license. Therefore, it's essential that you examine the person's credentials carefully, and if you're not familiar with the certifying body, investigate them to make sure they are credible. It's also a good idea to visit to make sure that the inspector is a member of ASHI, the American Society of home inspectors. Finally, find out how many inspections they do in a typical year. You want to hire someone who does somewhere around 200 annually.
3) If your house is being sold “as is,” there's no real need to hire an inspector. The truth: It doesn't matter. An “as-is” home should still be inspected, since these houses aren't sold totally defect-free—but rather, with defects that have been left unrepaired.
4) You don't have to be there as the inspection takes place. Truth: While you don't legally need to be there, it's still best if you are. This way, you'll learn how the various systems in your house operate, and you'll also gain a greater knowledge of the exact condition of the home. Also, it's easier to ask both the inspector and seller questions if you're there at the time.
5) Homes that are newly built don't really need to be inspected. Truth: According to a recent investigation conducted by CONSUMER REPORTS magazine, about 15 percent of newly-constructed homes are sold with serious flaws. Another study found that 41 percent of new houses had problems like moisture and mold, while about 34 percent had structural / frame issues.
6) Most houses only really need a termite inspection. Truth: While home inspectors do check for termite damage, there are many more potential problems than just these pesky bugs. A good home inspector will examine the house's overall structure, the electricity, plumbing, central air and heating, and structural problems.
7) All you really need is a qualified person to give you an assessment of the property's condition; a professional inspector is not needed. Truth: Unlike the so-called “qualified person,” a professional inspector will log his or her findings in a legal, written document. This becomes a formal and factual statement of everything discovered about the property. Legally, this is much more forceful than an oral assessment that has no written documentation to back it up.
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Dennis Kanakis; New York
Olympian Civil Home and Building In
665 88th Street
brooklyn, NY  11228
(866) 476-2056Click to view
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