But the one thing that consistently makes a buyer walk away after an inspection is when the inspector uncovers a problem that the buyer feels the seller should have known about and disclosed. As an example, several years ago we entered an attic and saw evidence that the house previously had a rather extensive fire over the garage. The damage had been professionally repaired, and when we asked the seller about it, he said “Oh, yes, that fire. I forgot about it.” That’s the moment when the deal died. There would have been no problem if it had been disclosed, since all the repairs were acceptable, but the lack of disclosure made everything else about the house questionable.

    At the other end of the spectrum, we regularly encounter first-time home buyers with unrealistic expectations that they have found a “perfect” house. When we present them with a short list of minor defects, they respond by saying: “The seller is going to fix everything, aren’t they?” That rarely happens, and a homebuyer sometimes loses out on the chance to get a very good house, and continues searching for the perfect one.

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To learn more valuable strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:

  1. How can I make sure I don’t get screwed on my home inspection?

  2. Should I trust the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement?

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a home over a sinkhole?

  5. The seller gave me an old home inspection report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector?

  6. Why are expired building permits a problem for both the buyer and seller of a home?   

    To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:

  1. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

  2. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  3. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?

  4. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  5. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?

  6. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  7. What problems should I look when when buying a house that has been moved?

  8. What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

  9. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  10. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  11. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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