Want to buy a perfect home with zero repairs needed?

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty 514924


Want to buy a perfect home with zero repairs needed?  Especially with first time homebuyers I find that an inspection report can be Home inspectionsoverwhelming.  They find a great house, possibly the perfect house for them, and then they see a 15 page inspection report with a 3 page summary of the imperfections.  All of the sudden they realize it’s not the “perfect” house.


Sometimes it’s difficult to get across to buyers that every house has it’s imperfections, even new construction.  The inspector, who works for you, is obligated to point out anything that could be improved upon or is simply in need of repair.  Yes, First time buyersthis could be 3 pages worth of information, but it doesn’t mean the house is falling apart.


Maybe the windows and exterior doors need some more sealant around them, maybe a GFCI outlet didn’t operate properly, maybe the water heater doesn’t have the drip pan it requires, maybe there is some wood rot around the chimney on the roof, etc, etc.  You can have 3 pages of items like this and as long as you have an educated real estate professional on your side to council you on what is what, you can still have that near perfect home.  You will negotiate with the seller to have them repair the more important deficiencies.  And if it comes down to it, go to your local Home Depot after you close on your new home and take a 20 minute course on how to use a caulking gun so you can tie up the loose ends that the seller didn’t agree to.Home buying education


No, you do not want to buy a house that has a leaky roof, the A/C isn’t working properly, or the foundation is cracked right down the middle of the living room.  But don’t sweat a “long” list of small things.  These are things that you want to know about but they don't usually ruin the home you fell in love with.  There is a good chance that the next house may have a longer list of small things.


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Howard Weiss



Fathom Realty
Serving all of
Dallas-Ft Worth, TX,

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Comments (7)

Laura Reilly
Real Living Real Estate Professionals - Redding, CA
Home Sales Realtor - Short Sale Team Member - Redd

Well said, it can be rewarding fixing and doing it yourself.

Mar 30, 2012 02:36 PM
Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

What I love is self-diagnosing Realtors that don't have a clue and sell their buyer short. Like the one that informed me this week that the water stains on some windows meant immediate replacement was necessary opon purchase of the home.... or the one that informed us (on the same home) that the foundation is crumbling under the garage (which I haven't seen)... or the one that told her buyer not to write an offer because the septic likely needs replacing and could cost up to $16,000 to fix. Sometimes when a report comes in it needs more investigation. Going off the 'thought' or 'notion' of another might mean that more research is needed before moving forward..... doesn't mean it isn't a 'good' home or unsuitable for living in.

Mar 30, 2012 02:37 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is so true.  I think you nailed it with this blog.

Mar 30, 2012 02:38 PM
Howard Weiss
Fathom Realty - Arlington, TX
Arlington & DFW, TX

Thanks for the comments.  And you may have guessed this was inspired by a true story.  First time buyers who were so flabbergasted by a long inspection report of small things.  No major problems at all, but to them, the list was long so it had to be a bad house and a bad buy.  It's taken a lot of education to get them in the right way of thinking.  No way I would encourage them to look past big issues.


Mar 30, 2012 02:55 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Greg:  Unfortunately, the perfect home with zero defects has yet to be built.  But... even if a buyer were to stumble upon it... the "math" goes something like this:  Perfect house + zero defects = out of their price range... LOL

Mar 30, 2012 03:32 PM
Howard Weiss
Fathom Realty - Arlington, TX
Arlington & DFW, TX

Karen Ann, that's such a great way to look at it.  In fact I'll probably use that next time a buyer complains about a house with a only a few very minor issues :)

Mar 30, 2012 09:14 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Greg, I have said that to buyers as an answer to their "issues" quite a few times, and it usually seems to make sense to them fairly quickly.  Be my guest !

Have a great weekend.

Mar 31, 2012 12:35 AM