It's no secret that the worst thing that can happen during a home inspection is for the inspector to miss a major defect. But the next worst thing is to note a defect that isn't a defect at all. This can cause a lot of confusion among realtors, buyers, and sellers. Over the years, Inspections By Gibson has collected and debunked some of the most common myths about home inspections that we see and hear.
Having your home inspected by a professional is an essential step in the homebuying process. Home inspectors will inspect the inside and outside of your home and point out current and potential problems, such as loose wires, cracked walls, leaking pipes, etc. Unfortunately, many buyers tend to skimp on inspection because they believe in the myths that circulate around the home inspection process. To help you avoid falling into misconceptions, we have debunked some of the most common myths about Canadian home inspections. When it comes to tools used by home inspectors, ladders, flashlights, electrical meters and testers, screwdrivers, moisture meters, binoculars are all essential for a thorough inspection.
Infrared cameras can also be useful in certain cases if they are of high quality and used by a trained professional under the right conditions. However, many inspectors advertise infrared camera services as an additional security measure against liability. This is often nothing more than a marketing gimmick and can even be considered fraud. It is important to remember that an infrared camera is not a magic wand and cannot detect water-related problems inside or outside the house or detect leaks in exterior stucco.
An expert thermographer will scan both the inside and outside of a home in order to compare the two surfaces and will try to develop a hypothesis about what happens inside the building structure in that particular place. It is important to remember that hiring an inspector based on their popularity or because they have their own television series is not a good idea. Canadian Home Inspections should be done by experienced professionals who have the right tools and training to do the job properly.