Think You Don't Need a Home Inspection...Think Again!

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Think You Don't Need a Home Inspection...Think Again!

Are you a Tom Hanks Fan, or maybe Shelley Long?  Have you seen the classic eighties movie "Money Pit"?  What may seem pretty darn funny from Hollywood's Point of View, may not be so funny when it is happening to you, or someone you real life!

The Money Pit Trailer


Buying A Home is very serious, and should be taken seriously.  Of course, there is nothing that says you can't have fun and enjoy it at the same time.  When you choose the home of your dreams, you will want to have a home inspection performed by a licensed, reputable home inspector.   Otherwise, Your dream home could turn into a nightmare. 


You may think that the house looks great and could possibly have no problems...That is where a home inspector comes in.  A home inspector will check things like structural components, plumbing, electrical, appliances, roof and attic, crawl spaces, windows, doors, code violations...The list goes on for days!  Then, the home inspector will prepare a report (usually several pages) listing any problems, current or potential, and usually a list of suggested repairs.  Maybe that bay window you absolutely love is leaking, maybe those trees that you adore may have roots encroaching on the home and causing structural damage, maybe that unique sink in the master bath wasn't installed properly, Maybe it's not your dream house afterall! 


I can help you find the home you need, and I will highly recommend a home inspection.  When you decide to make an offer on a property, I will give you a copy of NCREC Questions & Answers on Home Inspections, which answers such questions as what, why, when & how an inspection is performed.  If you choose to forego a home inspection, you will be asked to sign a waiver, that also states that I, as your REALTOR®, recommended a home inspection.  That is how important I feel a home inspection is.   


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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


I can relate to this! I had a client who didn't believe in them, but when they moved in, there were several things wrong and they contacted me right away to complain. Couldn't say "I told you so"!

Jul 07, 2010 12:54 AM #1
William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

That was a funny movie, Amy. And thanks for the post!

Jul 07, 2010 12:55 AM #2
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Before home inspectors, when electrical, plumbing, foundation or carpentry items came up on a property, you got an electrician, plumber, foundation guy, carpenter to cruise in to tell buyer, seller, broker about the remedy options, the seriousness of the concern. The professional that that is all they do..that area of expertise in the trades.

I have seen home inspectors that give you a big fat Bob Vila endorsed book on what is a soffit, sill plate, chase for wiring and plumbing, etc. And after the Home Illustrated insertion, there is a very skimpy one page check list and an hour tops was spent at the property. On the other hand, know a guy who spends four hours at the property to inspect and he was a structure engineer degree holder, worked in the building industry for decades. Big difference in the "home inspection".

Jul 07, 2010 12:56 AM #3
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Great blog Amy.  I'm always amazed when a buyer decides to "save" the $400 or $500 by skipping the inspections.  I always suggest every type possible, from the basic "home inspection" to pest, septic, fireplace, everything.  Even with all those you're still looking at less than $1000.  Not having inspections is what my Grandpa would call "Penny-wise and dollar foolish".  Hmmm....maybe a blog idea?

Jul 07, 2010 12:57 AM #4
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

good Morning Amy,

Thanks for the post. Have a great day.

Jul 07, 2010 01:00 AM #5
Dave Iliff
Patterson Schwartz - Hockessin, DE
Real Estate Agent in Hockessin, DE

It's the right thing to do and the right thing to recommend inspections. I always tell buyers that they are not meant as an opportunity for a "laundry list" of repairs, but for their protection against true major defects.

Jul 07, 2010 01:00 AM #6
Paul Burns
Century21 Countryside Realty Ltd. - Riverview, NB
Thanks for including the trailer - I saw that movie years ago. Still funny. In our area, building inspectors are used regularily. My biggest concern is that their liability seems to be negligible. Often they are only liable for the cost of their report - $400 give or take. We should be so lucky when we make mistakes or just plain screw up. Our clients use inspectors to provide some peace of mind that they haven"t bought a "Money Pit", but there are times that I really question the value of the inspection. Some of the things I have seen in reports make me shake my head. I would really like to see inspectors be on the hook more for their mistakes or for killing a deal when they scared away a buyer because of mistakes in their report. Last year in BC one inspector was taken to task by the courts. The inspector told a couple purchasing a million dollar home that it would take less than $20,000 to fix the defects. It was actually in the range of $225,000 and the inspector was successfully sued for the difference. Maybe that will set a bit of a precedent. Thanks again for including the trailer. May all your sales see a closing. Have a great day.
Jul 07, 2010 01:12 AM #7
Diane Williams
Pell City, AL

By doing a home inspection, you have done the most important step in purchasing a home.  Excellent post.

Jul 07, 2010 01:37 AM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent post Amy.............thanks for pointing out to everyone the importance of a home inspection..........I Suggested this for a Feature...............great work and great clip..........I like adding humor to something so serious.

Jul 07, 2010 02:06 AM #9
Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX

Great post.  To add to the other posts, I always suggest paying to have the sewer lines examined with a camera in the older homes with mature trees.  Trees are beautiful but a sewer line repair is incredibly expensive.  It's only about 250 bucks but it can save thousands, not to mention how devastating it would be to have a sewer back-up in a basement full of new buyers furniture. 

Jul 07, 2010 02:36 AM #10
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Spectacular job making the point of how important a home inspection is, Amy. Anyone who doesn't have one performed is just playing with fire and had no one to blame but themselves.

Jul 07, 2010 02:43 AM #11
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