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Many people don't fully understand 
what happens  in a  home inspection 
or what they need to do  to get the most out of it. 
Here are five of the biggest mistakes buyers make 
during  the home inspection process and 
how to avoid these potentially pricey pitfalls. 
Mistake No. 1: 
Not having new construction inspected

Just because a home has passed all local codes and ordinances, doesn't mean it's in good shape.  Don't assume your builder or the contractors did everything right. An inspection is a smart defense against discovering defects that could turn your brand new home into a major money pit. 
Mistake No. 2:
Choosing an inspector for the wrong reasons

When you choose an inspector, you're selecting the professional who will give your investment a full physical checkup. You want someone who is licensed, experienced, competent, thorough and trustworthy. Least expensive can often mean an inspector with the least experience, ability and technical savvy. So, do your homework! Ask your agent for several referrals, find out who your local real estate board recommends, visit the Connecticut Association of Home Inspectors' (CAHI) site as well as individual company websites and check online reviews
Mistake No. 3:
Not attending the inspection

The report you get from the inspector gives you an idea of the condition of the house, but it's not the same as being there. It is crucial to be present at the inspection, to see for yourself any problem areas as well as ask questions and listen when the inspector gives you his or her critical review of the house. Remember: you are deciding if this will be your family's home for the next several years. This is one of the biggest investments of your lifetime, so attending the inspection should be at the top of your priority list.
Mistake No. 4:
Not following up on the inspector's recommendations

Sometimes, buyers don't follow up on items discovered in the inspection before they close. Often inspectors will recommend buyers get an issue evaluated further, but the buyers wait to do it until after closing. This can turn out to be more expensive or involved than anticipated. A buyer should feel comfortable calling the inspector to further discuss identified problem areas and should always get several estimates on repairs before closing. 
Mistake No. 5:
Expecting your home inspector to be a psychic

No matter how experienced or skilled your home inspector is, he or she can't see the future. The home inspection is a snapshot of the house on the day it is inspected. There's no crystal ball and the reality is, a home inspector can't predict exactly when something will fail. So, if anything is identified as a potential problem, that's when you need to follow up with professionals who know more about each specific system, particularly aging or marginal systems, about which you have questions or concerns.

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