Do I Really Need a Home Inspection (Phoenixville)?

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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 phoenixville home$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.

 

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 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!home sweet home

 

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!

 

phoenixville home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a ASHI-certified home inspector in Phoenixville, Pottstown, Norristown, Reading & surrounding areas. 

Contact David atl 610-220-1907 for more information!

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Rainer
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Chris Lewis
Gracious Living Realty - Front Royal, VA
I want to SELL your home, not LIST it!

I find home inspections are also very useful for explaining how some of the mechanicals operate.  Often the prospective homeowner hasn't seen the particular equipment before and welcomes a discussion about it.

Feb 06, 2012 11:42 AM #1
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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

David, it is a good advice for buyers to have a home inspection after contract. I request some thing in writing from any buyers who waived their right to do inspections that were recommended.

Feb 06, 2012 02:09 PM #2
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, always good idea to have an inspection....you never know what you could find!    Great post!

Feb 06, 2012 03:11 PM #3
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Dave-no question-get an inspection! I had one done for myself just yesterday on a property and would never have known there was a buried oil tank on the property if the inspector didn't find it. Of course in was NOT disclosed!

Feb 06, 2012 09:33 PM #4
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Chris- exactly!  I look at home inspections as educational opportunities for the buyers.  Perhaps they've never seen a oil boiler before and how to maintain one or have questions about some of the newer technologies out there like on-demand water heaters, pex plumbing, etc.

Kwee- that's smart to get that in writing because a home inspection protects you as the agent, too.  If the buyers opt out of the home inspection, you want to make sure they understood they were informed about it.

Joan- thanks for reading!

Feb 07, 2012 12:55 AM #5
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Marco- buried oil tanks are common up here, too, and that is definitely something you want to know as a potential buyer because if that oil has already started to seap into the surrounding soil... not good.

Feb 07, 2012 12:57 AM #6
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

David, great post, and it really does not matter where you are buying a home an inspection is important.

Feb 07, 2012 06:25 AM #7
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Nick & Trudy- Phoenixville or not, the same advice applies.  Absolutely!

Feb 07, 2012 07:48 AM #8
Rainmaker
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The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi David,

For most buyers, it is foolish to make such a huge investment without a home inspection.  Most who do usually end up regretting it.

Lisa

Feb 08, 2012 01:07 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We always advise every home buyer (including experienced real estate investors) to obtain a professional home inspection.  It is better to have full disclosure of the physical condition on the front end of the purchase.  

Feb 08, 2012 01:46 AM #10
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Lisa- exactly!  These homes are such huge investments and an issue overlooked at purchase could hurt them later living in the home or trying to sell it in future.

Roy- yes, better to have this information on the front end!

Feb 08, 2012 05:52 AM #11
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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

If a buyer can't afford a home inspection, then it may not be the time for them to buy a home! You think an inspection is expensive, wait until you get the bill for something that the inspector could have found during the inspection. 

 

Feb 12, 2012 06:39 AM #12
Rainmaker
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Todd,

Great point.. no news doesn't mean good news... just worse news down the line.  It's always better to know upfront before the big settlement day!

Mar 06, 2012 04:49 AM #13
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Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Yo folks...NEVER SKIP THE HOME INSPECTION!!!!!!!!!! a GOOD INSPECTOR CAN SAVE YOU Big Bucks and many headaches.

Call David. He knows what he is doing.

Mar 06, 2012 06:20 AM #14
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks Steve.  Most clients already understand having a home inspection actually SAVES them money.

Mar 06, 2012 07:24 AM #15
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