With every industry there are myths. Home Inspections are no different. The industry is regulated by professional as well as state agencies thus securing a pretty professional industry that homeowners or purchasers can rely on.
Our company Inspections Plus Guru we hear a lot of the same home inspection myths repeated time and time again. We have blogged about some of these, but there are a few topics here that I haven't had a chance to discuss as of yet.
So let’s take a look at a couple of myths that are easily explained. These are typical situations that arise when a buyer requests a home inspection before closing. It is true that there are many situations that can come up during an inspection these are just the typical “myths” you may have heard.
Bedrooms need closets. There is nothing in the building code that requires a closet. FHA and VA require closets to consider it a bedroom. An appraiser might want to see a closet... but as far as codes go until a future change is made this is a myth that comes with an asterix. Rental properties may not be required to have closets to be considered bedrooms but properties to be mortgaged would probably be required to have a closet.
Old stucco is a concern. Old stucco is fine. It's just the newer stuff from the early 90's on that should be a concern. What went wrong with this stucco? Some home inspectors have dubbed this the "perfect stucco storm." We recommend invasive moisture testing when buying a newer stucco home.
A small air conditioner might not cool the house properly. The physical size of that thing at the outside of the house won't tell you anything about the cooling capacity. It has a lot more to do with the efficiency of the unit; larger units = more surface area = higher efficiency. The cooling capacity is measured in tons. To figure out how many tons your unit is, look at the model number and find a number usually between 18 and 60 that's a multiple of 6. Divide that number by 12, and you have the number of tons your unit is.
New construction homes don't need inspections. We inspect a ton of new construction homes, and we find a ton of defects.
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