While I understand the fears involved in having your home inspected, this process doesn’t have to be doom and gloom.
As a certified home inspector, my job isn’t just to tell you what’s wrong with a building; I categorize each aspect of a house in terms of urgency, and I can tell you what problems require attention, when and why. I know it’s scary, especially anticipating a home inspection. What terrible secrets are hidden in the walls? What if there’s a hive of bogeymen strangling the plumbing? What if the roof is only attached with bubblegum and wishes?
If you’re interested in buying a home, and you’re interested enough to hire a home inspector to vet that home for you, then you’re probably already more than a little emotionally invested in the building. You’ve been daydreaming about where you’ll put the furniture, where you’ll hang your photos, what the first barbecue will be like when you invite your friends over to see the house for the first time.
A home inspection, you think, could send you crashing back to an unhappy reality.
But here’s how I think about it: Knowing is always better than not knowing. Being aware of imperfections and developing a plan for addressing them is better than trying to turn a blind eye and imagining things are 20 times worse than they really are.
Chances are, the house will not be perfect. Chances are, I’ll find things here and there that will require attention. The key is to understand this from the beginning. Know that houses, like people, have their troubles and their idiosyncrasies. And you’re still allowed to love them. As they say, "warts and all."
Just because I provide a thorough inventory of every issue in a home doesn’t mean that no one should live there and the home should be razed.
Foundations crack. Roofs need repair. Homes that were built a half century ago will show their age.
I don’t get to decide what’s a deal-breaker for you. You’re allowed to love an old house.