The Importance of A Home Inspection

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage

With the housing market continuing to spark bidding wars, there are buyers out there that are presenting offers without the benefit of doing a home inspection.  They feel that this will make for a 'clean' and 'strong' offer and will make it more acceptable to the seller.

Big mistake.  Major problems are found after the fact and you, Mr. or Mrs. Buyer, have to come up with more money for the repair.  Buyers become very unhappy.  The home inspection is far from perfect.  But, it is the best way at this time to safeguard your investment.  It gives you the opportunity to either accept the repairs or walk away from the deal and go to the next property.  Yes, large repairs should be divulged, but there may be issues that not even the sellers knows about. 

We have all seen the Mike Holmes Inspection programme.  Most inspectors cannot rip apart a wall or floor to find out if there are any hidden issues or potential problems.  But, the inspectors are able to identify plenty of trouble spots.

These are:
1)  Knob and tube wiring.  This would make it difficult to get insurance coverage for your new home.
2)  A 60-amp elebrical service when normal is 100 or even 200.  Again, insurance issues.
3)  Galvanized plumbing.  Old lead pipes are a health risk. 
3)  Any roof over 20 years of age should be replaced.
4)  Old fouindations will gradually deteriorate causing leaks and are an expensive repair.
5)  Windows could be an expensive upgrade.

There are inspectors out there that use Thermal Imaging Technology which can detect problems with structure, moisture and/or air leakage.  Is there sufficient insulation, plumbing leaks which can lead to problems later on. 

Pre-lsiting inspections are becoming more popular, but as a buyer you should be hiring your own inspector.  You want the person that you are hiring to prepare the report to make you aware of issues, large or small, that may affect your ability to enjoy your new home.  Having an inspection done prior to a bidding war does not assure that you will be the one that gets the home.  You may pay for it and then lose out in the end.

As a real estate agent, I work with many home inspection firms and can usually get one done within 48 hours.  As a buyer, don't ever get pressured into purchasing a home without an inspection, especially for older homes.

By doing a home inspection, you have more choices in the end.  Always make an informed decision as to whether to purchase a home or not. 

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative  ASA
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
OFFICE: 905 828 3434
Direct: 416 427 1875

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Fine Homes in Nine Oh Five


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Comments (3)

Kimberlee Morgan
First Team Real Estate - Palm Desert, CA
Desert Dream Team

Good post and it is always better to know what you are getting into if at all possible.  Every home has repairs that can be done, but at what cost? 

Mar 12, 2012 11:08 AM
John M. Wickline
JW Home Inspections, Inc. - Hilton Head Island, SC

Hi Betty

thanks for posting this very worthwhile information. As a Home Inspector in Hilton Head Island, SC I have also heard of homes and villas purchased without a Home Inspection. In todays market, with foreclosures and short sales, it is even more important to spend a few extra dollars to help reveal the true cost of the property. Realtors need to protect themselves by making certain the buyer signs off indicating they refused a Home Inspection. Failure to do this can have serious repercussions for the Realtor.

Thanks again for a great post Betty

John M. Wickline

JW Home Inspections, Inc.


John is the president of JW Home Inspections, Inc., serving the Low Country of South Carolina, Hilton Head, Bluffton, Sun City, Beaufort, Hardeeville, Ridgeland, Callawassie, and Daufuskie Island since 1998. He is licensed in South Carolina and a certified member of InterNACHI.


Mar 12, 2012 12:02 PM
Betty Bart

Thank you, John for the response and comment. Working in Mississauga ON, I too, make buyers sign off if they refuse a home inspection.  I have yet to have one do that.  All would rather know what's going on. 

Betty Bart

Fine Homes in 905

Mar 12, 2012 10:39 PM