Once in a while, we will work with a buyer who will ask us “Should I save money and skip the Home Inspection?”.
The question obviously gets asked often enough that the North Carolina Real Estate Commission developed a brochure specifically to provide buyers called Questions and Answers On Home Inspections.
The only time it might make sense to avoid hiring a Home Inspector would be if you yourself was a General Contractor holding licenses as an electrician, plumber, chimney sweep and possibly were also a structural engineer…not likely, right?
For a cost of approximately $300-$350, it usually takes a good Home Inspector just a couple of hours to give a thorough examination of everything from outside drainage, foundation, electrical systems, plumbing, appliances, crawlspaces, basements & attics to the chimney and roof. Doesn’t it just make sense that if the Inspector discovered an issue of enough magnitude that it might affect your decision to purchase the house, that spending $350 would be a good investment? Wouldn’t it be very unfortunate to purchase a home without an inspection only to discover a disastrous issue caused by ancient leaking plumbing or an electrical fire because the wiring is ancient and unsafe? There might be thousands of dollars worth of repairs necessary to protect your investment.
If a Home Inspector discovers significant issues, it doesn’t automatically mean that you should forego this purchase. It could be an opportunity to re-negotiate to either have the repairs made or to receive monetary consideration to have the repairs done at your convenience.
MoonDancer Realty will NEVER advise a buyer to avoid inspections. We will always recommend that the buyer spend the money and have the home inspection…always.