1. Choosing the wrong inspector.  Ever heard the saying you get what you paid for?  Cheap doesn’t always mean good.  Just because the inspector is the least expensive, doesn’t mean you should choose him.  You should contact several different companies, and interview them.  Choose the one that you feel is the most competent.  After all, buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make.  You should feel comfortable with whoever you choose.
  2. Not having new construction inspected.  Don’t assume that because the home passed all local codes and ordinances, it is good to go.  An inspector is your final line of defense against any major defects. 
  3. Not going to the home inspection.  It’s very important to go to the home inspection.  That way you are very clear about any issues that there may be in the home.  The written report doesn’t paint nearly as good of a picture of the condition of the home as you might think.
  4. Not following up on the inspector’s recommendations.  If the inspector tells you that there is an issue, you should follow up on it.  Do it!  Sometimes people wait until after they buy the house.  Then they find out the issue is not only serious, but expensive.  Follow up on it before settlement, that way you know what you are dealing with.  Your agent might be able to negotiate with the seller to help pay for the costs.
  5. Expecting your home inspector to be a psychic.  A home inspector can tell you that the heating system in the home you are buying usually lasts 12 years, and yours is 14 years old.  But, he can’t tell you when it will fail.  It’s always a good idea to follow up with people who know more about that particular system.  Remember, the home inspector is hired by you.  He’s there to give you his honest opinion.  Listen to him