Do I Really Need a Home Inspection (Phoenixville)?
If you are in the market to purchase a home, the answer is probably - YES!
Some buyers get stressed out by all the money involved in buying a home and think saving $360 by skipping the home inspection is a good place to save money. The house "looks" OK and surely the sellers would tell them if there were any issues!
That's not always the case. It doesn't mean the sellers are being dishonest- they might not realize there is a serious issue with the home they are selling.
And just because the house "looks" OK- clean, well-maintained, etc.. doesn't mean there isn't an expensive repair lurking around the corner.
I met a guy named Jeff at a networking meeting in Phoenixville a few weeks ago. Jeff was telling me his story of how he had recently purchased a home in Phoenixville and decided against having a home inspection since the home appeared to be in good shape. He had worked in construction for a few years right out of college and considered himself rather handy. He didn't see anything alarming with the home and admited he wanted to save that $360 by skipping the home inspection.
When he went to refinish his basement last summer, the contractor he was hiring to do the work, pointed out some pretty serious issues with the framing beneath the 1st floor. There were 3 I-beams that someone had cut through to allow for some ductwork.
One of my previous post Squeaky Floors screamed trouble at Home Inspection (Malvern), describes this very situation that I discovered in a home inspection last year. Cutting through an I-beam compromises the structural integrity of the floor and usually can't be repaired. The beam has to be completely replaced.
Jeff postponed finishing the basement until he figures out what to do. He is looking at a significant cost of repairs. If he had opted for the home inspection prior to buying the home, he would have known about these beams and would have had options. The sellers could have fixed this issue, he could have walked away from the home, or paid to fix it himself. At least he would have had the knowledge upfront.. and options!
The home inspection should not be the area you look to save money. In actuality, it is often the one thing that will get you MORE MONEY off the purchase price when material defects are discovered and negotiated with the seller.
With the right professional home inspector in Phoenixville, PA, you get someone who is familiar with residential construction and maintenance of homes. Even the most experienced owner lacks the knowledge and experience of a professional home inspector.
Buying a home in Phoenixville (or wherever you are looking), could be the biggest investment you will ever make. Schedule a quality home inspection and you can buy that dream home with confidence!
Contact David atl 610-220-1907 for more information!