Debunking 4 Common Home Inspection Myths

There are a lot of myths surrounding home inspections. I wanted to address the top four myths so you can avoid making costly mistakes as a result.

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When it comes to home inspections, there are a lot of myths out there that people believe. Today I wanted to debunk the top four myths for you.
  1. New construction homes don't need an inspection. We're seeing a lot of buyers asking to skip out on their inspections for their new builds, perhaps to save time or money. This is a mistake; if nothing else, the inspection can give you peace of mind and a degree of protection by letting you know exactly what you have. Compared to the cost of unexpected repairs, an inspection is absolutely worth it.
  2. You don't need to check radon gas levels. Some people incorrectly assume that walkout basements and crawl space foundations naturally prevent homes from having high radon levels. However, radon is produced naturally by uranium in the soil, meaning it can enter your home through any cracks or openings, so homes with walkout basements or crawl space foundations can have just as high a radon level as those with enclosed basements. We recommend that every one of our buyers who is purchasing a home with any type of basement tests for radon no matter what; it's better to be safe than sorry.

  3. Just because a home is brand new doesn't mean it's flawlessly built.

  4. Concrete slab movement means there are foundational issues. Since the earth is always moving, slab movement is unavoidable. However, this doesn't indicate foundational issues because the slab itself is separated from the foundation. A thorough home inspection can provide details on the integrity of the foundation.
  5. Moisture in the glass means you need new windows. Windows that have a broken seal can sometimes attract moisture that turns into incessant fog. If this happens, it doesn't mean you have to replace the entire window, but rather just the glass. This will save you a lot of money.
If you have any questions about these inspection myths or you need a referral for an awesome home inspector, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Likewise, if you have any questions about real estate in Northern New Jersey, give me a call or send me an email. I'd be happy to help!


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