Signs of home inspection scams

Whether you want to move to a quieter neighborhood or want to downsize, you might look at getting a new, smaller home in a Delaware neighborhood. If you have experience with purchasing a residence, you know to obtain an inspection of the home before you commit to it. Unfortunately, some dishonest people may try to scam you.

Sometimes scam attempts are not obvious. Nonetheless, it is possible to pick up on signs that you are not dealing with an inspector who has your best interests at heart.

Excessive inspection fees

An inspector may offer you a quote for a low inspection fee. This might seem too good to be true, which indicates it might be. Unethical inspectors sometimes offer a fee that is ordinarily too low for a house inspection, only to attach many excess fees later on. In fact, your final bill may double the first estimate.

Usually, a proper home inspection ranges from $300 to $500. To avoid being price gouged, consider requiring an inspector to provide comprehensive pricing information before commencing any work.

Unacceptable home inspections

Some scam inspectors conduct incomplete walk-throughs of properties, which may involve skipping important areas of a home that might potentially show defects. Their superficial reports simply describe surfaces visible to buyers, likely leaving significant underlying issues undetected.

Ensure that an inspector will fully evaluate all home systems, including plumbing, electrical, HVAC and roofing. Also, be certain that an inspector will give you detailed reports noting any deficiencies. In addition, check to see that the inspector has the right qualifications, as some inspectors simply do not have the skills for the job.

Conflicts of interest

Ideally, a home inspector will carry out the job without any conflicting loyalties to anyone else. Unfortunately, sometimes inspectors collude with the selling agent to try to get a home sold quicker, which often means supplying a glowing report of a home to a buyer.

Advance research and scrutiny of the credentials and practices of an inspector might seem like a headache, but the effort can be well worth it so you do not end up with a home that comes with unexpected repair or renovation expenses.



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