The Real Estate Browser Volume 9, Issue 12 | Page 15 Volume 9 Number 12 – Say you saw it in The Real Estate Browser of Lynchburg — 15 Instead, they’ll check the attic sheathing for signs of leaks. Myth No. 8: Home inspectors can predict the future Myth No. 5: Buyers don’t belong at the home inspection Lesh once had a client whose father wanted to know exactly how long the furnace would last. It doesn’t matter whether you know anything about home construction and maintenance. “Buyers absolutely should be there, without question,” Lesh insists. “I can go into more detail [than in the report], and you’ll have a three-dimensional view.” “I opened my case and said, ‘Oh, gosh, I forgot my crystal ball,’” Lesh recalls. Lesh also encourages all buyers—especially first- timers—to ask questions. While home inspectors can’t tell you whether to buy the house, they can share maintenance tips and advice. Myth No. 6: Brand-new homes don’t need to be inspected Faulty construction can lead to all kinds of repair nightmares in the future, so sparkly new houses need to be checked—maybe even more carefully than older ones, Lesh says. “With a house that’s already been lived in ... I can see whether there are signs of leakage, mold, or any- thing that occurs over a period of time,” he explains. “If it’s a brand-new house, nobody has showered in that shower or used the appliances, so it absolutely should be inspected, even though it’s under war- ranty.” In related news... Myth No. 7: A flipped home doesn’t need to be inspected, either If everything was redone top to bottom, there’s no point checking it out, right? C’mon—you know bet- ter. “Unfortunately, some flippers are more interested in money than safety,” Buell says. “If a house has been flipped, you’ll want to make sure that they had the right building permits, and that code inspectors verified the remodeling work.” “A home inspection is a snapshot in time,” Buell says. “We can tell you how old certain appliances are, and what the useful life of something is. ... But we don’t know when a plumbing leak is going to happen or when a fuse will break on an electric panel.” Lesh does, however, tell clients that everything in the house will need to be replaced at some point. Best practice? Budget 1% of the value of the house per year for maintenance. Myth No. 9: A good house will ‘pass’ the inspection Home inspection reports will never indicate whether a property passes or fails, Lesh says. That’s because everything depends on a buyer’s tolerance level: What’s acceptable for one buyer could cause another to walk away. “I’m the judge of the house in terms of whether it’s safe,” Lesh explains. “But I always ask people: Can you live with this?” If you can, then the house passes your test. And that’s all that matters. Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist and TV pro- ducer who covers real estate, architecture and design, DIY, gardening, and travel. Her work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Metropolis, Costco Connection, Garden Collage, Parenting, Canadian Living, Canadian Gardening, and more If you have any questions please give me a call. Drew Howard, 434-660-3449 Click on the Listing for photo tours and additional information for each property.