Short answer: yes, you definitely need to have your home inspected before doing a renovation. Long answer: you should also have your home inspected while the renovation is in progress and after it is completed. Failing to have your home properly inspected could result in a variety of costly consequences. You might go over budget due to improperly scoping the project from the onset. Your local government can even force you to tear down the renovation if it violates zoning and/or building regulations. These situations can be avoided with a proper home inspection before, during and after major renovations.
Last month, Inspectify and Revive presented the webinar "Agent Superhero: How to Protect Your Clients," hosted by our CEO and co-founder Josh Jensen and Revive Head of Operations Jessica Morrow.
Does my property need a specialized home inspection?
A common misconception buyers sometimes have about general home inspectors is that they can diagnose and suggest repairs for any and every problem in a home. A general home inspection can uncover common deficiencies like drainage problems, roofing issues or poor ventilation. During the inspection, general home inspectors can point to signs of issues like mold, pests or structural instability, but they cannot officially diagnose those conditions. Similarly, they cannot inspect certain features on the property such as pools, septic tanks or wells because those features are not part of the standard general inspection report. For properties with any of the above listed deficiencies or features, an additional, specialized inspection is often recommended.
Buying and owning a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime. With the median home price hitting $428,700 in Q1 2022, it's more important than ever to have your prospective home inspected before you commit to such an expensive purchase. An inspection can ensure the home is in good condition and devoid of defects or threats.
Buying your first house is often considered one of the biggest milestones in life. In fact, 70% of Americans consider buying a home an important part of adulthood. Between saving up the funds, getting approved for a mortgage, making offers on homes, and finally getting to closing: the homebuying journey is long and stressful.