When That Additional Inspection is Really Worth the Money

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When is that additional inspection really worth the money?

smart home inspectionsMost inspectors know a little bit about everything. Few know a lot about everything and the few in the middle are specialist at certain things. Some come from a real estate background, some from a construction or roofing background but all in all, you are bound to find most that know a little bit more about one area or another.

The issue is when to take their advice for the additional inspection. It's always a recommendation as is the inspection itself in most states. It's not mandatory but highly recommended. It's like investing thousands of dollars into a stock you know nothing about. Never a good idea.

It also depends on how well you know your inspector. Some agents may not be allowed to use their own inspector for fear of skewing results one way or the other to save the deal. Most agents prefer inspectors that are not "alarmists" but can calmly inform the buyer of any issues without causing too much stress.

I am sure everyone of you has horror stories one way or the other; like the inspector chosen by my buyer,  that took 4 hours on a 1400 SF home and found 300+ causes for concern. This inspector made it sound like he was shocked the house was still standing! (It was only 10 years old and in average condition)

But what about when the inspector recommends an additional inspection?

This is where it gets tricky. Buyers and agents must judge the inspector on whether this is cause for concern or if he just doesn't know what he's talking about. This was a hard one to judge when an inspector rehome inspection worth the risk?commended to my buyers to have the septic tank inspected further since he was not an expert. They declined the $800 inspection and 4 months after moving in, the tank flooded the house, yard and driveway and ended up costing them $12,000. This is definitely one of those times where the $800 would have been well spent.

But it's a risk. As with any unknown, unforeseeable event. When do you take the advice for the extra inspection, roof certification or boundary survey? When do you chalk it up to wasted money?

 

Thanks for reading. My Olympia homes experts has more info on traversing the pitfalls of home inspections and for buyers information on Bozeman real estate visit Nancy Oakes. (And thanks Dawn for inspiring me to write this from your post on home inspections.)

 

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John Puplava
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Tammy--Not all home inspector are perfect.But I believe if you do continue education for a home inspector.They become better home inspector.At the same token I was a general contractor in three states for 20 plus years.I still don't know everything and I just keep on learning..

Nov 21, 2010 06:26 AM #1
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So True John! The more inspections they do, the more they learn and know about all different kinds of homes. Asking an inspector how long they have been doing it or how many jobs approximately may make a huge difference on whether or not they really know what they are talking about when it comes to an additional inspection. Thanks :)

Nov 21, 2010 06:29 AM #2
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Tricia Pearson
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Hi Tammy, I have a couple of inspectors I recommend and when they say "you should have this looked at by an expert" I encourage my Buyers or Sellers to do so.  The extra money spent is well worth it in the long run.

Nov 21, 2010 06:36 AM #3
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Frances C. Rokicki
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Tammy,

In my state, Connecticut, our home inspectors must be licensed.  This is new, in the past few years, but, so much better.  If something is found on an inspection, we often call in that professional who would repair that problem.  For instance, boiler has used up its time expectancy.  We call in the company who would repair the boiler. It works out well.  That way, if it is an issue, the parties can offer a credit for part or all of an issue or repair it.

Sharing the good life,

Fran, Ct Broker~Mentor

Nov 21, 2010 06:38 AM #4
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The "expert" inspection should be able to be someone you (the agent) recommend as knowing their profession well. It really can make a huge difference to the buyer AND seller. The seller can know up front something they may need to deal with and the buyer can red flag the property as a no-go if they are not satisfied. Thanks for the comment! :)

Nov 21, 2010 06:40 AM #5
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That's a great idea, Fran. Very smart. Having a licensed professional with proof and just cause for issues makes the urgency seems all the more valuable. Thanks :)

Nov 21, 2010 06:41 AM #6
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Victor Zuniga
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My home inspector is also a licensed contractor and has built homes from the ground up so he has a well rounded knowledge of all aspects of a home.

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Tammy ~ I'm glad you were inspired.  Wonderful information here!  When my inspector recommends a further inspection, I know that it is not a CYA.  There is a reason for it.  We don't require inspectors to be licensed here in Colorado, therefor the inspector I use has certifications to back him up.

Nov 21, 2010 07:47 AM #8
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Victor - Yes, having an actual contractor is probably one of the better inspectors to have since they know the in's and out's of every detail involved in a house. I would trust their judgment for further inspections.

Dawn - Thanks again for helping me out on this one. And where I came from in Washington, you could do your own inspections or have a pal do it and it would still qualify for inspection contingencies if needed. Every state is different but having a professional is definitely the suggested route to take. Thanks :)

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