When homebuyers are in the process of buying a home, one of the most important decisions they will make is in the selection of who performs the Home Inspection.
The buyer’s expectations of what an Inspection entails are just as important.
If an Inspector’s client is only interested in whether the foundation is performing properly and that the roof doesn’t leak, the additional information provided by the Inspector probably doesn’t have to be as detail oriented to satisfy their client.
If the home buying client is primarily interested in major structural issues and the condition of the major systems in the house, again, the Inspector probably doesn’t have to be as detailed oriented to satisfy their client.
If the Inspector’s client is interested in knowing ‘every little detail’ about the house and expresses that to the Inspector, the Inspector knows to address deficiencies with everything that can be reasonably expected to be reported.
The problem with this approach is communication. Homebuyers can’t always be expected to know what they want from an Inspection.
Some homebuyers are new to the process, some may have hired an incompetent Inspector in the past, and some buyers may be seasoned buyers who know exactly what they want.
Experienced, knowledgeable, and conscientious Inspectors know that every inspection should be performed with the utmost attention to detail, with focus on all performance deficiencies, and consistency regardless of the value of the property.
Consistently thorough Inspections will satisfy the wants and needs of homebuyers across the socio-economic spectrum and reduce the chance for miscommunication relative to the homebuyer’s needs.
Experienced Inspectors know that a well-informed homebuyer is better equipped to make key decisions on how to move forward with a home purchase.