Why Can't I Inspect that Phoenixville Home myself?
I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard of people buying homes, skipping the home inspection, and finding disasters awaiting them after settlement. The funny thing is- these disasters, which sometimes cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, could have been avoided by simply having a $350 home inspection done prior to closing.
A friend of a friend (we'll call him "Pete") made this very mistake. He bought a home in Pheonixville, PA back in the summer of 2010 and figured the home looked to be in pretty good condition. He thought, "Why can't I inspect that Phoenixville home myself?" He was handy with repairs and the wife's father was an electrician, so they thought they had their bases covered. It wasn't until they've moved in that they started to find things they had overlooked.
About a month or so after they settled into their new home, Pete & his wife discovered some strange odors that just wouldn't go away. One day, he was in the basement and saw water that seemed to be coming from the crawl space, directly underneath the kitchen. To his surprise and shock, he discovered the kitchen sink's drain wasn't connected to anything! It was draining right into the crawl space! Think of all the grease and food bits that had gone into that crawl space over months or possibly years! Not only did this cause odors and bugs, but deterioration in the crawl space beams and erosion! Talk about a big clean-up! Needless to say, he had quite a bit of money to spend on plumbing and getting structural repairs and reinforcements in place. Pete also discovered shortly after this incident, he also had a cracked sewer line and needed a new chimney liner. He said he would never make the mistake of skipping a home inspection again!
Most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the home they really want. These emotions can affect your judgment and minimize what could be larger issues.
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise that a professional home inspector has. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and home safety. He knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, and why they fail. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional home inspector.
David Artigliere with ARTI Home Inspections LLC has a Master's Degree in Engineering and has been a ASHI-Certified Home Inspector for over 10 years. Visit us at www.pottstownhomeinspector.com or
call (610) 220-1907 to find out more!