We have all had our individual challenges with what looks good to the eye, and what is actually not.
ALL properties, regardless of title status or seller, are worthy of a solid home inspection. There is a standard inspection phrase in our purchase & sale agreements here in Florida, and I imagine they exist in almost all purchase & sale agreements. My most recent experience helped my buyers avoid a major bullet.
What did we find?
- Non-standard workmanship on the front porch, the unfinished rear addition, and the attached hot water heater shed.
- Improper electrical throughout the entire home, requiring most likely a complete re-wiring of entire house.
- Roof with 1-2 years left maximum, improper roofing supports in several places.
- 3 separate foundations due to addtions, and several of them unstable.
- Loose tiles in both baths, suggesting water damage behind walls
- Improper plumbing throughout the entire home, requiring most likely a complete re-plumb of entire house.
- Crumpled, damaged duct work, indicating inefficient HVAC operations.
Now, we all know how excited buyers can get with then think they have found "THE" house, it's our job to make sure they take the proper steps to confirm this is what they are purchasing.
Never skip the home inspection - this home didn't have utilities on, meaning a more-limited inspection, but we were still able to help the buyers decide this was not the house for them.