Are you considering saving money by doing your own home inspection? If you are an especially handy homeowner or even an experienced contractor, you may think you can easily perform all the checks that a home inspector does. However, whatever training you have under your belt does not compare to the extensive training our professionals must complete before they begin conducting inspections. Not convinced? Let Phil and the entire team at ProTech Home and Property Inspections, Inc. share three reasons why doing your own home inspection is a bad idea.
1. You Are Not Trained
As we mentioned before, even the handiest of handymen don’t go through the training that a home inspector completes. Home inspections require knowledge across multiple engineering disciplines, including civil, electrical, structural, and plumbing. So even if you could handle one or two of these areas, you’re not going to be able to handle them all.
2. You Don’t Have the Tools
Did you think that home inspectors only use their eyes to inspect? Think again, home inspections require the use of many tools to judge the quality of a home. Things like clamp meters, moisture meters, fault detectors, IR thermometers, and thermal cameras are not generally found in the average homeowner’s toolbox.
3. You Will (Most Likely) Miss Something!
Perhaps the most important reason not to conduct your own home inspection is the simple fact that you could easily miss something. The goal of an inspection is to find issues so that you can get them fixed before you officially own the home. Therefore, even if you save money by skipping the professional inspection, chances are you’ll end up spending that money down the line on issues you failed to catch.
At ProTech Home and Property Inspections of Atlanta, GA, we look at thousands of different items and save our clients an average of $7,500 per inspection. Don’t make the mistake of DIY-ing your home inspection; instead, call in the pros. Contact us at (770) 277-5655. We look forward to serving you.