Home Inspections--What is best??

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri

We always try to do what is best for our buyers' and the question of a home inspection is alway a topic that is comes up.  Depending on the size and age of the home, a home inspection can cost $450 or more depending on the number of heat and air units etc.

I prefer to have separate inspectors for the electrical, plumbing, heat and air and roofing.  If there is a question about any of the above, the inspectors in our area always state in their inspection to have whatever problem area inspected by a qualified electrician, heat and air person, etc.

When that happens, the buyer has paid for two inspections.  Why not get the qualified electrician, plumber, etc. in the first place??

This was brought home to me recently when the gas was turned and the  gas company said the furnace and burners looked to be in good shape.  My buyer had decided in lieu of a home inspection to have a licensed heat and air company do the inspection for a mere $75.00.  As it turned out, the heat exchanger was cracked in 4 places.  This could have started a fire or worse yet, caused a death.

Usually the cost of each of the 4 above mentioned professionals each doing an inspection do not add up to as much as a home inspection.  What a DEAL!!

Comments (1)

Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

I am with you when it comes to the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.  I have those who specialize in those fields and who maintain, replace and repair.  While there are not always guarantees, and things do happen, once the home closes, it is best to become familiar through someone in the area that they specialize but also to find issues where a "standard home inspector" may not catch it but defer to someone who specializes in that field.  I am not putting down home inspectors, however, I have found that have the crew of four in is beneficial then one.


Nov 28, 2009 07:10 AM