Cash buyers or buyers buying directly from the seller tend to wave the inspection thinking they can save a few hundreds. Not a good idea!
A home includes dozens of systems and features, all of which make our lives comfortable and pleasant, and at the same time can cause serious headaches when they malfunction. Not everything can be easy to detect by just looking around, a licensed inspector can expose your dream home’s hidden flaws, so you can go back to the seller and negotiate before you become the owner.
A house is not like any other item you purchase and if it doesn’t work you can take it back to the store. When you buy a house and discover on the first rainy day that the roof leaks, unfortunately you’re now the proud owner of a leaky roof and the $300-$400 you saved on not doing the inspection may cost you $10,000 or more depends on the size of the house.
New houses need inspections, too!
It is recommended you don’t neglect the inspection just because you’re buying a brand new home. In fact, flaws in new constrictions can be even harder to spot than older homes because their symptoms haven’t had a chance to show up yet.
The inspector’s job is to protect your investment and find issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, windows, foundation, roofing, termites or other wood destroying organisms, and much more.
And doesn’t matter how busy you are, you should attend your inspection. It’s your chance to get a professional introduction to the fuse box, air conditioning system, water heater, and other systems you may soon own and the best time for the inspector to point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.
And when you get the inspection report, your job is to read it. As you’re flipping through your inspection report and read page after page of problems the inspector found, don’t panic.
An inspector’s job is to note everything that’s not perfect about the property, right down to the minor, easily fixed “problems” such as replacing missing window screens, loose doorknobs or broken light switch plates. However, asking a seller to repair every little problem is a surefire deal-killer.
Custom dictates that buyers should not ask the unreasonable. Put yourself in the seller’s shoes, if there is any health and safety concerns most sellers would consider the repairs reasonable.
In short, the right way to handle your inspection report is to avoid demanding the sellers to fix every little thing. Instead, take time to sort out problems that are actually worth worrying about and negotiating over.
No matters how badly you want the property or how emotionally attached you are to it; you don’t want to buy a home without having it inspected by a licensed inspector. They say, “Ignorance is bliss” but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own.