8 Home Inspection Missteps to Avoid

Home Inspection Rogers, Certified Home Inspector Rogers, Buyers Home Inspection Rogers, Home Inspection Warranty Rogers, Home Inspection for Sellers Rogers, Home Inspector Rogers, Home Inspection Brainerd, Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd, Certified Home Inspector Brainerd, Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael, Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd, Home Inspector St. Michael, Home Inspector BrainerdOnce your offer has been accepted, the next step is getting through your inspections.   As the buyer, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared & know what to expect -- and we’re here to help with that. We’ve compiled a list of the eight biggest home inspection missteps that cost buyers money. Read them over to make sure you go into this process with your best foot forward:

1. Skipping the inspection entirely

You’ve probably heard that waving your right to inspections is a powerful negotiating tool to getting your offer accepted. While this is true, it’s also a risk. When you skip inspections, you’re essentially agreeing to buy the property, regardless of any damage that may be present. You’re also agreeing to take financial responsibility for the necessary repairs. In contrast, if you elect to have a home inspection done, you’ll have the opportunity to walk away from the deal, if the damage is too extensive for you to handle. You’ll need to weigh the pros and cons to decide whether not the extra bargaining power is worth it. Ask yourself: Is this your dream home? Will you be devastated if it goes to someone else? Are you financially equipped to handle potentially-costly, unexpected repairs? Would you feel more comfortable looking at another home where electing to perform a home inspection is not a deal-breaker?

2. Hiring someone uncertified

As the buyer, you’re responsible for hiring the inspector of your choice. However, that doesn’t mean that you can bring in just anyone. While each state has its own specific requirements, most insist that in order for an inspection to be considered valid, the inspector must be properly licensed, certified, and up-to-date on their educational requirements. You should look into your state’s specific regulations to make sure that any inspector you hire will make the cut, but in general, it’s a good idea to hire someone certified by one of the three, main associations.  They are the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).

3. Neglecting to read reviews first

That said, being properly certified isn’t the only quality that you should look for in a home inspector. Just as you would with any other contractor, you should do a little research to get a sense of their work history before hiring the person that you feel is the best fit. Reading reviews is a great way to know what you’re getting into. Ideally, you’ll want to hire someone who has quite a few positive reviews to choose from. In particular, keep an eye out for the following: Was the inspector on time? Was he or she easy to work with? Were the buyers able to understand the inspection report without too much difficulty? Were any mistakes discovered after-the-fact?

4. Having unrealistic expectations

The term ‘home inspection’ can be a bit vague, so it’s not all that surprising that many buyers aren’t sure what to expect. It’s important to know that this inspection only covers certain interior elements of the home - things like the electrical and plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and the condition of windows. However, exterior elements like the roof, the sewage system, and any other exterior structures on the property are not covered. While you are, of course, welcome to have any of these other factors looked at, you’ll need to elect additional inspections in order to do so. While putting your offer together, you should ask the agent you’re working with if any additional inspections are appropriate.

5. Not showing up for the inspection

While the inspection report will give you a sense of the scope of the repairs a home needs, it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. The best thing you can do, as the buyer, to ensure that you’re going into the sale with open eyes is to attend your inspections. The home inspector will be there to explain any problems to you and answer your questions if needed. Arrive on-time and accompany the inspector as he or she examines the property. You should finish with a realistic picture of the severity of any damage and a firm idea of when you can expect to have a report in hand.

6. Skimming the inspection report

Sometimes inspection reports can get a little long and dense, so buyers will make the mistake of skimming it rather than reading the whole thing. Unfortunately, this can have unexpected consequences, especially if you should happen to miss a huge - or expensive - issue. The reality is, the inspection report is your get-out-of-jail-free card. If a problem is discovered during the inspection that’s too big for you to handle, you can walk away from the deal and get your money back - as long as you cite the problem during negotiations. If you don’t mention it, but discover the problem later, there’s no going back. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before your money is on the line.

7. Negotiating poorly

Most buyers wish that they could ask the sellers to fix all of the problems found on the inspection report. While that would be ideal, it’s also unrealistic. Negotiations are a give-and-take, after all, and it’s a much better idea to make sure that sellers feel compelled to fix the most important issues with their home, rather than letting them cherrypick the easiest ones from a long list. When negotiating, we recommend that you focus on the two or three problems that are most important to you and chalk the rest up to the cost of homeownership. Keep in mind that structural or mechanical issues are often big-ticket fixes that you’ll want the seller to handle. Smaller fixes that can be done by a handyman can often be taken care of at a later date and at little cost to you.

8. Forgetting to collect documentation

If your seller does agree to do some repairs, you’ll want to be sure to collect any documentation on the work that was done. Contractor invoices can give you reassurance that the repair was made by a qualified professional and will also give you someone to turn to in the event that there’s another problem down the road. This article originally appeared on OpenListings. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, such as the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  To learn more about our Free 90 Day Warranty (appliances included), visit 90 Day Warranty.   Home Inspection Rogers | Certified Home Inspector Rogers | Buyers Home Inspection Rogers | Home Inspection Warranty Rogers | Home Inspection for Sellers Rogers | Home Inspector Rogers | Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspector Brainerd
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2-1 Toilet-Shower Combo

Every week we stumble upon some interesting discoveries.  In this picture, the homeowner plumbed his toilet and shower together making for an interesting morning routine for the family. We can help buyers uncover these kinds of hazards and help sellers with a pre-listing home inspection.  We are all Do-it-Yourselfers in some sense, otherwise, there would be no use for hardware stores.  But, DIY’ers often overlook code requirements for the practical.  We get it and can help both buyers with peace of mind and sellers identify inspection obstacles to a smooth closing. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, such as the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Home Inspection Rogers | Certified Home Inspector Rogers, Buyers Home Inspection Rogers | Home Inspection Warranty Rogers | Home Inspection for Sellers Rogers | Home Inspector Rogers | Homes Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspector Brainerd
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2 in 1 Toilet-Shower Combo-Wacky Home Inspection Finds #3

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Every week we stumble upon some interesting discoveries.  In this picture, the homeowner plumbed his toilet and shower together making for an interesting morning routine for the family. We can help buyers uncover these kinds of hazards and help sellers with a pre-listing home inspection.  We are all Do-it-Yourselfers in some sense, otherwise, there would be no use for hardware stores.  But, DIY’ers often overlook code requirements for the practical.  We get it and can help both buyers with peace of mind and sellers identify inspection obstacles to a smooth closing. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, such as the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Home Inspection Rogers | Certified Home Inspector Rogers, Buyers Home Inspection Rogers |Home Inspection Warranty Rogers | Home Inspection for Sellers Rogers | Home Inspector Rogers | Homes Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspector Brainerd
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Appliances Included: Free 90 Day Home Inspection Warranty

No matter how thorough the inspection, issues come up after the sale from time to time with previously owned homes.  It’s not the inspector's fault, nor the agents or new homeowners.  That’s why Home Detective offers a FREE 90 Warranty with any home inspection we do.  Some buyers and agents have used it over the years, ALL with positive reviews.  Every party to the transaction leaves it with peace of mind.   For appliances, all claims must be received within 90 days of the inspection or within 22 days of closing, whichever comes later.*  For added peace of mind, you can extend it for 18 months.  Seller’s selling old homes, buyers buying old homes love this option.  It often makes deals happen that seemed lost. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, such as the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).  Home Inspector Rogers | Pre-listing Home Inspection Rogers | Home Inspection Rogers | Home Inspection for Sellers Rogers | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector Rogers | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Rogers | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Radon Inspection Rogers | Radon Inspection Brainerd | Radon Inspection St. Michael  
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Buyer Beware: Bank Owned Property

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Bank Owned Property: Burst Water Pipes

Caveat emptor is Latin for "let the buyer beware” because the principle has been around for centuries.  Bank owned, investor-owned, (aka REO Property or “Real Estate Owned”), For Sale by Owner and absentee investor-owned property for sale often present “sweat equity” opportunities for buyers plus they are often listed at a discount price.  Although the price may be right, buyers need to be extra careful when buying them for two reasons.  As a certified home inspection company, Home Detective can help. Disclosure Requirements are Different Bank owned, investor-owned, (aka REO Property or “Real Estate Owned”), For Sale by Owner and absentee investor-owned property for sale are almost always sold “as-is” without a “Seller’s Disclosure Statement.”  Sellers that live in a home when they are selling it must report by law issues they have had with it.  But, with an “as-is” sale, the buyer is holding the seller harmless for any known/unknown issues with the property.  This makes it critical the buyer’s inspection be a rigorous one. Bank Owned Property is Often Vacant The picture for this blog is a bank owned property that went on the market in late fall.  Like this year, it can get cold fast.  The property was not winterized.  After the buyer’s offer was accepted, they ordered a buyer’s home inspection and found that the water pipes burst.  The main point here is, assuming the bank cleaned up the water damage and put it back on the market “as-is,” a different buyer might not know to look for visible signs of mold or other collateral damage issues.  This is why a rigorous inspection is necessary to ensure peace of mind when purchasing a bank owned property. I don’t want to discourage buyers in any way from considering buying a bank owned, investor-owned, (aka REO Property or “Real Estate Owned”), For Sale by Owner or absentee investor-owned property for sale.  They can be and often are excellent opportunities for the right buyer(s).   But do a thorough inspection with a certified inspector.  Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, such as the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael
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Jack of All Trades VS Certified Home Inspector

We all have them, well-meaning, a jack of all trades, a relative or close friend that is as excited as you are to beHome Inspection Warranty Brainerd, Home Inspection Brainerd, Certified Home Inspector St. Michael, Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael buying a home and they want to do your home inspection.  Home Detective doesn’t mind if they come with you, but for peace of mind, it (is better to hire a professional to conduct your home inspection. Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, with rigorous knowledge and experience requirements that a jack of all trades can’t possibly offer, such as Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).  These certifications along with years of experience will ensure you have peace of mind after you purchase your home.  In addition to our credentials, Home Detective offers a Free 90 Day Warranty for all the home inspections we do with the option for an 18 month extended warranty. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael
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Schedule a Back Up Home Inspector

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not exceeding your expectations.  Short notice requests are welcome!  We are veteran owned and certified home inspectors by the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI), American Home Inspection Training (AHIT), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Rogers | Certified Home Inspector Rogers | Buyers Home Inspection Rogers | Home Inspection Warranty Rogers | Home Inspection for Sellers Rogers | Home Inspector Rogers | Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspector Brainerd
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Free 90 Day Home Inspection Warranty.  Call Home Detective if your “go to” home inspector is booked up or not Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael, Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael, Certified Home Inspector Brainerd, Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerdexceeding your expectations.  Short notice requests are welcome!  We are veteran owned and certified home inspectors by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and are members of the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI). To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael
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Wacky Home Inspection Finds #2 Every week we stumble upon some interesting discoveries.  In this picture, the homeowner didn’t clean out the Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd, Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd, Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael, Home Inspection St. Michaelgutters for a long time.  As a result, flowers and plants were growing in them.  Excess rain could not find a place to go other than puddle up and leak into the basement foundation, putting too much stress on the sump pump. We can help buyers uncover these kinds of hazards and help sellers with a pre-listing home inspection.  We are all Do-it-Yourselfers in some sense, otherwise, there would be no use for hardware stores.  But, DIY’ers often overlook code requirements for the practical.  We get it and can help both buyers with peace of mind and sellers identify inspection obstacles to a smooth closing. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael
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Allergy Proof Your Home-21 Tips in 3 Minutes

If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, you will want to take steps to eliminate the triggers in Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd, Home Inspection Brainerd, Certified Home Inspector St. Michael, Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael your home environment that make them miserable.
  1. If you’re short on time, the most important room to target for improving your home's allergy environment is the bedroom. It’s where you spend a large part of your time, and sleep is a good recovery time for allergy sufferers.
  2. Microscopic dust mites are a strong allergen and they feed on dead skin flakes. This is why it is so important to encase and regularly clean your bedding to protect against dust mite allergens. https://youtu.be/IZOlyhq2NxY

  3. Use breathable allergen and mite-proof covers for your mattresses, box-springs, pillows, and comforters, and you should wash these regularly (see types, costs, and reviews of mattress covers).
  4. Vacuum your mattresses regularly with a HEPA equipped filter to remove microscopic dust mites and other allergens.
  5. At least once a week, wash pillowcases, sheets, and blankets in very hot water (at least 130 degrees F) and dry them in a hot dryer to kill dust mites.
  6. If you have fur-bearing pets, you should keep them out of your bedrooms, and consider either getting a whole-house or a portable HEPA air filtration system to help reduce the increased dander and allergens that are circulated by these pets.
  7. Remove carpeting and rugs from your bedrooms. Or if this is not practical, then vacuum them once or twice a week.
  8. Carpeting and rugs are a haven for dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander. Carpeting also absorbs fumes from household cleaning products, kitchen grease, insecticides, and cigarette smoke. This is why it is so important to routinely vacuum and clean carpets and rugs throughout your home.
  9. Have your carpets professionally cleaned every six months, either by vapor steam cleaning (not hot water steam cleaning) or by dry cleaning.
  10. Regularly vacuum your upholstered furniture to remove dust and allergens, and the remnants of dust mites.
  11. Both mold and dust mites spread rapidly if your home is above 50% relative humidity. Running your AC will lower your home's humidity. But if areas of your home are still above 50%, you should consider getting a dehumidifier (see types, costs, and reviews of dehumidifiers).
  12. Use a humidity gauge (a “hygrometer”) to monitor the relative humidity in areas throughout your house to ensure that they all stay below 50% to reduce dust mites and mold growth (see types, costs, and reviews of hygrometers).
  13. Immediately fix water leaks and improve ventilation to eliminate any damp areas around your home. Damp areas will become a breeding ground for molds, pests, and allergens.
  14. Air purifiers, while very helpful, are alone not enough to remove allergens from your home. They need to be combined with a rigorous routine cleaning and vacuuming regime.
  15. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter. Allergists recommend HEPA-filter vacuums because they can trap microscopic dust mites and other small allergen particles (see types, costs, and reviews of HEPA filters).
  16. Use filters with the highest MERV rating that is recommended for your AC and heating system. The higher the MERV rating the smaller the allergen that it can filter out. But do not use filters with MERV ratings lower than “8” if someone in your home has allergies.
  17. When dusting, use only microfiber dusting cloths that capture dust and allergens, rather than allowing them to be kicked back up into the air (see types, costs, and reviews of microfiber dusters).
  18. Wear a respirator mask when cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, or painting is being done around your home (see types, costs, and reviews of respirator masks).
  19. Don’t store clothing or cardboard items in the basement, as they attract moisture which can lead to mold and pest infestations.
  20. Avoid keeping magazines or other reading materials in your bathroom, as they can attract mold in the humid bathroom environment. If you do keep reading materials in a bathroom, then try to at least change them out frequently. And finally,
  21. Keep the floorboards of your car clean and dry, otherwise, these areas can begin building mold and allergens, which you’ll breathe when driving, and can track into your home when you walk in.

SUMMARY

We hope these 21 tips have given you some helpful ideas for how to allergy-proof your home. To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd, Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael | Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael

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