Buying Your First Home? Don’t Forget the Home Inspection

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Don't Forget the Home InspectionIn Virginia there is a Lemon Law on the books to protect consumers who purchase a car which is later found to have serious defects. However, there is no such law when it comes to protecting buyers when they are purchasing a home. When the market was hot in Northern Virginia many buyers had to pass up the opportunity to have a thorough home inspection in order to "win" their first choice home.

In our current market where foreclosures seem to dominate the landscape another group of buyers is being asked to skip the home inspection process.  Don't do it.  Even if you are buying a home "as is" you can still conduct a home inspection.  You need to know what you are buying.  You need to be able to budget for potential repairs and you need to know the systems in your house.

Home inspections aren't just about finding fault with your new home.  Certainly they can turn up issues but more importantly they can also give you a great education about how to maintain your home.  Many first time homebuyers don't know about where you find the filter on their furnace, or the importance of draining outside faucets in cold weather or the keeping gutters clean of debris.  All of these are simple maintenance items that could save you thousands of dollars in repairs done regularly and are some of the things that a home inspector will point out to you as you as they tour your home.

At the end of your home inspection you will receive a detailed report and workbook that will outline in items that may need repair, the age of the major systems in your home, budget guidelines for replacement items and maintenance information that you can keep and use for years into the future.

If you are thinking about taking advantage of the current lower home prices in Northern Virginia include in your budget the cost of a home inspection.  It will be some of the best money you spend during the home buying process.  If you are considering buying a new home this year give the Cindy Jones team a call at 703-346-2213.  We work with a number of great ASHI certified home inspectors who will help educate you on your new home.

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Charlie Ragonesi
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It is amazing that folks will leave out the inspection or balk at the price of this most needed service

Jun 09, 2009 11:49 PM #1
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Rick Cordisco
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I ALWAYS RECOMMEND A Home Inspection Especially for folks who have no clue about how things in a house work!

Jun 09, 2009 11:55 PM #2
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Mark Watterson
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Home Inspection are important. 

They are not to nick-pick the home apart and try to get a lower price.  I view them as full disclosure and transparency of the purchase.  This enables the buyer to make a fully informed buying decision.

Jun 10, 2009 12:06 AM #3
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Good advice. With the large inventory of lender owned foreclosures that show deferred maintenance, there is even a greater need for very careful home inspections.

This market has created new challenges for home inspectors. Sellers are hiding mold problems that can not be seen after new dry wall and paint.

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Jun 10, 2009 12:42 AM #4
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Cindy,

You're right on the money with this! A home inspection is a critical "getting to know you" guide. It should never be filed away but consulted regularly by the homeowners.

Jun 10, 2009 01:34 AM #5
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It is sad to think how many persons do skimp on this important detail.

Jun 10, 2009 02:27 AM #6
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Cindy, in Virginia where there is not even a requirement for sellers to disclose known defects, a home inspection is extra crucial.  Don't get me started!

Jun 10, 2009 02:35 AM #7
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Cindy

A good home Inspector is worth their weght in gold, and I can't figure out why people take a home inspection lightly at times.

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Charlie-when you consider how much money a home inspection can save you either upfront with issues or over your time of ownership it is a very small price to pay.

Jun 10, 2009 12:58 PM #9
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Rick-I can't remember the last time I didn't have a buyer have a home inspection.

Jun 10, 2009 12:59 PM #10
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Mark-you are right it isn't about finding fault with the house it is about knowing what you are buying.

Jun 10, 2009 01:00 PM #11
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Irene-the "book" should be in plain sight at all times.  It is amazing how helpfuly the guides can be, especially for a first time buyer.

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Roy-I've got a "mold nose" and a little bit of a musty order makes me investigate further.

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Jim-sometimes in the heat of the deal buyers think they need to pass on a home inspection.  Not a good idea.

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Patricia-be careful you are about to become a Virginian :-) 

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Tom-you are so right.  Thanks for stopping by.

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