To Get a Home Inspection...or Not?

Real Estate Agent with The Landry Team-Keller Williams Realty

When you go to buy a home whether it's your first time or not you may get different advice about having a professional home inspection done.  There are many buyers who are quite handy and may feel comfortable looking over the property themselves and that's fine. 

My argument would be however, that unless you REALLY know what you're doing it can be very easy to miss something.  If you don't discover the problem once your inspection deadline has passed or you've closed on the property then you're plain out of luck.

A professional home inspector knows of all the typical problems to look for, and has the experience and "eye" for catching things that most of us would likely miss. 

Additionally, buying a home is a very emotional process and it's not easy staying neutral when it's YOUR potential next home.  It's advantageous to have a neutral professional there to answer all of your questions and address the concerns you have.  A professional home inspector will be able to differentiate between major and minor issues, and give you the needed piece of mind that you're making the right decision. 

Jessica Touchton-Buyer's Agent w/ The Landry Team Keller Williams First Coast Realty


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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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I feel much more comfortable when my clients order a home inspection - I really give a listing a detailed inspection myself but electrical expertise will really have to rest on someone else. The more trained eyes the better.

Feb 12, 2010 04:32 AM #1
Rob & Jeannie Steward - Realtors®
RE/MAX Advantage - Nashville, TN
We Work TWICE As Hard For You! - Ashton Group

Great points Liz. We usually make sure to point out that in most cases, the home inspection will likely pay for itself as it may uncover issues which may cost the buyer in the long run. In addition, many companies will provide a second inspection free of charge if the property inspected the first time doesn't go to settlement. Check with the company first to see if they offer this policy.

Feb 12, 2010 04:33 AM #2
Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Good advice. We attended a home inspection this past weekend, and watched the purchaser's brothers follow the poor inspector all around the house, pointing to supposed defects they were finding. They brought their own measuring devices, flashlights, etc. It was hilarious! I was happy to be on the listing side!

Feb 12, 2010 04:34 AM #3
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