A home inspector can be worth his or her weight in gold for a buyer or a seller. There are certain skills that a home inspector has to have. I was actually a home inspector for a short while in college, although I was working for a construction management company that was buying and flipping foreclosed houses. So it was a bit different than the kind of inspection that goes into the buying of a home that will be moved into immediately, but it is essentially the same thing. I learned a lot through this college job, strange as it may have been for a college student. I learned to hone my eyes to look for little things. You learn to distinguish beyond what are pretty easily, negligible fixes and big, serious, catastrophic problems.
For instance, I would go into some of these homes, and the carpet would be absolutely disgusting. (Though it should not be all together surprising, people do incredible things to their homes when they know that it is getting foreclosed. It made my job rather eventful.) You might walk into the house and see a horrendously putrid carpet, and you might think that the house is just trash. But even someone who has not done home inspections can figure this one out. How much is would a new carpet cost? Not much. How much lasting damage will a ruined carpet put on the rest of the house? Little to none. So the bad carpet should not disqualify the house from being bought. Even something like a fist through the wall (That’s right; massive holes right through the wall.) might not be that big of a deal. This depends largely on the size and location of the hole. A junky frig might not matter if you were probably going to replace the frig anyway. If that is the case, it can be the biggest piece of junk in the world. Who cares? You’ll replace it anyway.
There are other subtle things however. Mold testing is a hugely important thing that I would have to do. While a hole in the wall or God knows what on the carpet may be noticeable, mold is a silent killer for a house’s value. You can replace the carpet and patch a hole. Getting rid of mold, on the other hand, is a huge burden. It can be really hard to fully extract mold after a certain point. Radon inspections are also hugely important. If a house is flooded with radon, it is not worth the buy. What constitutes a lot of radon also changes with the susceptibility of the people in the house. I’m talking about babies and old people.
The things that ought to disqualify a house from being bought are subtle. This is why it is so important to hire a home inspector to take a look at your home before buying or selling. This kind of information can change the way that you go about the transaction of this house.