Do I Really Need a Home Inspection? YES!!!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 NorthBay Alliance

Do I Really Need a Home Inspection? YES!!!

Lake County First Time Home Buyers are often confused about the need for a Home Inspection. Many Lake County First Time Home Buyers think that the Appraisal and the Pest Report are enough inspections and they don’t really need another inspection. The benefit is that the Home Inspection goes beyond the Appraisal and the Pest Report. The Appraisal is for the lender and the focus of that report is a determination of the home’s value. The Pest Report has a very narrow focus and the inspector’s focus is upon wood destroying pests and organisms.

The Home Inspection is for the homeowner! The Lake County First Time Home Buyer is making a huge investment in the purchase of their new home and the cost of a Home Inspection is perhaps the best investment they can make. The Home Inspector will be checking the heating and air conditioning system, the electrical panel, the hot water heater, the kitchen appliances and so much more!

When you are a Lake County First Time Home Buyer you don’t want any surprises. The worst surprises for the First Time Home Buyer are those unexpected system failures after you move into your new home. A water heater that dies on a Friday evening…a heater that stops heating on the first day of winter…and the oven that quits on Thanksgiving morning are the kinds of surprises no one wants. But, for the Lake County First Time Home Buyer these surprises can be particularly painful and traumatic.

While no Home Inspector can guarantee that you will have no surprises as a new homeowner…they can alert the prospective homeowner to issues, conditions and concerns about the home being considered. This knowledge can be used for negotiating with the seller or evaluating the wisdom of the purchase. The cost of the inspection is typically starts at $350.00 and is dependent upon factors such as square footage and the other features of the home. This is a great investment and every Lake County First Time Home Buyer should seriously consider this investment. Everyone who attends our FREE Lake County First Time Homebuyer Workshops will receive a discount coupon to use towards a Home Inspection performed by Sylvan Stenge.

Free First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Free First Time Homebuyer Workshop…Lake County - Buying a home can be an overwhelming process. Title and Escrow -Home inspections – How much to offer – Getting a mortgage…and so much more! Century 21 NorthBay Alliance is sponsoring a series of FREE First Time Homebuyer Workshops designed to assist any potential homebuyer.

The class is presented in an informal setting where you can ask questions and get answers…Join us for an information packed evening-January 10th at the Century 21 office in Lower Lake (9960 Hwy 53) and January 17th at the Century 21 office in Hidden Valley(18983 Hartman Rd., Suite 5) between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

 This information packed evening promises to have information for everyone thinking about buying a home in the future… you will learn tips and strategies for getting the best buy and the best mortgage! Mortgage professionals will be on hand to talk about your loan options.

At the class, you'll learn:

  • How much home can I afford?
  • Foreclosures…REOs…Short Sales…what’s right for me?
  • What government programs do I qualify for?
  • Are there any zero down home loan programs?
  • What are closing costs? How much are closing costs?
  • I am a Veteran…how do I use my VA benefit?
  • Are there any programs that will pay my closing costs?
  • Home inspections - do I need one?
  • What’s the difference between a Home Inspection and a Termite Inspection?
  • Who pays for the appraisal?
  • Can I see my credit report? Is my credit good enough?
  • What's the best way to find the right home?
  • How do home loans work?
  • How can I make sure that I am not paying too much for my home?
  • Can I get a list of Foreclosures?

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This and lots of other information is yours free with absolutely no obligation of any kind.

Can’t wait? Call me at 707.520.4265 for additional information

Comments (2)

Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

The home inspection and the title insurance aspect of a purchase are the 2 most important things you can get to have some peace of mind and protection

Dec 07, 2011 04:33 AM
Hank Montgomery
Century 21 NorthBay Alliance - Clearlake Oaks, CA
Lake County Broker | CDPE


I've got to agree with you! Great value for the money. I'll be covering the importance of Title Insurance in a future post and at our FREE Lake County First Time Home Buyer Workshops.

Dec 07, 2011 05:58 AM