Is it Possible to Fail a Home Inspection?

Posted on: April 16, 2018 by in Blog, Home Inspection, Home Inspector, Twin Tiers
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Is it Possible to Fail a Home Inspection?

Spoiler Alert – The answer to this question is no. You can’t fail your home inspection. Hopefully that put your mind at ease just a little bit. However, you should know that just because you can’t fail your home inspection, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re out of the woods just yet.

At Precision Home Inspection, there are several things that we look for when we’re inspecting houses across the Twin Tiers. While finding defects in your home doesn’t mean that it fails, it might mean that you don’t end up closing on it for a number of reasons. Let’s talk in more detail about what a few of those things might be.

Plumbing Problems

Most home inspectors are going to uncover at least some type of plumbing problem. If your home is older, or if it hasn’t been lived in for quite some time, there may be more than one issue. This can be anything from a dripping faucet to a slower running drain. There could be a toilet that doesn’t flush correctly, or a shower that doesn’t have good water pressure.

These might not be deal breakers for you. Or, they could be enough to help you renegotiate the terms of your contract.

Rotting Wood

Rotting wood isn’t always visible to the naked eye. On the surface, your home can look almost brand new, but beneath the surface, there could be big problems. The best Elmira home inspectors will have cameras that allow them to see places they can’t visibly go. They know how to detect rotting wood in doorframes, decks and all kinds of surfaces. Of course, this could point to a structural problem, which might make you think twice about going through with your home purchase.

Moisture Problems in the Basement or Attic

Moisture is definitely something that you want to avoid in your new home’s attic or basement. In the basement, this is usually a problem caused by water getting in at the foundation or the basement walls. The fixes are usually pretty easy. Installing a sump pump can work very well, as can redirecting the gutters to make water go away from the house.

In the attic, moisture can be the result of a ventilation or insulation problem. In either place, the result can be mold growth, which of course, is something you want to avoid.

At Precision Home Inspection, we take inspecting your home seriously. Our goal is to treat it like it was our own. We carefully inspect everything from the masonry to the roofing to be sure there are no problems. If something does come up on your inspection report, you can use that information to your advantage.

The bottom line is that you’ll know everything there is to know about your home. You’ll have peace of mind and sleep easy at night knowing that information.

Do you need a home inspection? Feel free to schedule one through our online scheduler.

If you have questions, please contact us!