I’ve talked about the importance of using a home inspector when you buy. Today I’m going to offer some advice I haven’t heard anywhere else. Don’t do the final walk-through of your projects with your GC. Instead hire a home inspector to do it.
Confirmation bias is the tendency we all have to put more emphasis on things that reinforce what we already believe than things that force us to reevaluate our beliefs. We all have it, and it’s hard to recognize it when we engage in this behavior, much less do something about it.
Let me ask you a question. Do you think you do a good job on your renovations? I do. I’ve done many, many renovations in my career, and I have yet to sell a renovation where the buyer’s home inspector didn’t find something we missed.
As humans, we look at the house and see everything we did right. It’s easy to overlook what we missed or did less than perfectly. In fact, seeing those shortcomings is almost impossible unless you have an incredible ability to look past your emotional attachment to your work. (This applies to your contractor’s, too.)
Finally, I find it really difficult to turn loose of more money at the end of the project, which encourages my brain to “not see” potential problems even though I’ll probably have to shell out if (when) they turn up in the buyer’s inspection report.
Delegating the final walkthrough to an inspector enables you to make your final judgement on objective facts, not an emotion response. It also gives you a chance to make a thoughtful decision about whether you want to repair something or negotiate it.
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