A Home Inspection Is Not Optional

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Real Estate Agent with Oregon First

A Home Inspection Is Not Optional

How often have you heard the need to get a home inspection from a Realtor? There is no legal requirement in Oregon to have a home inspection, but it would be incredibly unwise not to get one. Buying a home with hidden repair/safety/health issues can be a money pit. home inspection

The cost of an inspection is money well spent. All inspectors are not created equal. Your Realtor should be able to provide you with a list of inspectors who have demonstrated proficiency and attention to detail.

Each inspector has a list of the different inspections that they offer. I had inspectors tell me that they do not crawl under houses or check for insect damage. They did not get the job. You want a complete home inspection that covers the major issues with a home purchase.

These, in my opinion, are some of the most important issues that need to be addressed with a home inspection.

  • Safety issues: Are the stair railings secure? Are each electrical outlet in the kitchen and bathrooms GFCI protected? Are there adequate smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?
  • Health issues: Is there mold, mildew or fungi anywhere in the house? Is there a radon gas danger in the area?
  • Large cost items: What is the life expectancy of the roof? What is the condition of the foundation? What is the life expectancy of the furnace and air conditioner?
  • Moisture problems: Is there water under the house? Are there signs of a leaking roof? Does the home have dry rot? Are there signs of insect damage or infestation? Is there peeling exterior paint? Moisture problems are prevalent in Tigard because of the wet climate and can lead to expensive repairs.
  • Repair issues: Does the plumbing operate properly? Do all the appliances work properly? Is the electrical system adequate for modern needs? Is there proper ventilation in the kitchen and bath rooms? Are there any apparent building code violations? Have past repairs been done correctly?

I once had a client that wanted to buy a very cute house built in 1905. I insisted that she get a home inspection, but she did not want to spend the money. She finally realized that I was serious when I handed her an addendum for her signature that stated that she was going forward with a home purchase without a home inspection that was contrary to my advice. She relented and the inspection on the home indicated numerous problems, but the biggest issue was the foundation. It was a stone and wood foundation and the wood was rotting away. She did not buy the house. I probably saved her $20,000 on that issue alone.

A related article of mine that may be of interest is Should I have my home inspected before I put it up for sale?

Wayne Pruner is a Realtor licensed in Tigard Oregon. I am ready to help you save money when you buy or sell your home. My Fast Track Marketing Action Plan only touches on a very small amount of activity that needs to be done to sell your home. I know the Tigard Oregon real estate market and I have been tracking housing data for years. You will only get straight answers and great advice from me. My direct phone number is 503-891-0795 and my email is waynepruner@oregonfirst.com.

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Comments (31)

Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

So true. Home inspections are not an option.  Used or New get it inspected now rather than having problems that you did not know about later.

May 19, 2013 08:10 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

The inspection is not just about finding what is wrong with the house, it also teaches the buyer all about the house, where everything is, how to maintain the home, etc.

May 19, 2013 08:24 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tigard.

Here they use the fancy little letter that is a "WAIVER FORM". Not to have a home inspection. Mainly on new homes.

Even new homes need a home inspection. i find a lot of issues on new homes too.

Have a great day and I have shared this post.

Best, Clint McKie

May 19, 2013 10:09 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I even require borrowers/buyers I work with, that are buying homes we flip to have an inspection done.

Make it a great week!

May 20, 2013 01:03 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Donald: Good point. I will add this concept to my talking points. Thanks. 

May 20, 2013 03:46 AM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Wayne - I could not agree more, it amazes me that a buyer is willing to spend $200,000, but doesn't want to spend $500 on a home inspection to ensure that $200,000 doesn't have major issues.

Jun 07, 2013 11:15 AM
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Wayne this is all super advice that you listed and it's too bad there will be some who will not listen at least this client did!

Sep 20, 2013 08:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Great post, and the home inspection is so important!   But, if a buyer INSISTS they do not need one, I have them sign a paper stating they were STRONGLY urged to have one, but opted out.   Only a couple families over 16 years have done this, and usually memorable.

Oct 04, 2013 06:56 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Wayne, definitely the best advice for home buyers.  I always recommend that buyers have a home inspection.

Oct 28, 2013 04:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Great post, and another reminder the home inspection is so very important.    This should be viewed as a small insurance policy.

Oct 30, 2013 12:46 AM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Very thorough post, thank you.  Your list is of value across the country although the states issues may vary. For instance, in a state where most houses have basements you won't be crawling under them, but to check for termite damage in the roof because one of the large trees in the yard is touching the roof is the equivalent. Termites bad.  Congrats on the Feature.

Nov 11, 2013 10:16 PM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Wayne, very good blog post.  I recommend everyone have an inspection as well.  Even contractors or builders can benefit from a second set of eyes.

Nov 20, 2013 02:06 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I can't imagine closing on a house without having an inspection - there are too many things that can go wrong! Great post!

Nov 27, 2013 03:00 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Excellent advice!  There are just too many hidden issues, as you mention, so it's a very wise step in the buying process for all buyers to do!

Jan 12, 2014 04:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The inspection fee is quite small if there are hidden items that could cost you A LOT after closing.   Not worth the chance, buyers do need them!

Jan 23, 2014 07:17 AM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Having a trusted home inspector who inspects all aspects of a home is very important for the Buyer to know what they are getting just in case there needs to be repairs or allowances for hidden problems.

Feb 02, 2014 09:50 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I do not rest easy when my buyers choose not to get a home inspection.

Feb 24, 2014 10:30 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Super true!  I make any buyers who decline an inspection to sign a waiver stating that they are declining it and it is not wise to do so.

Jun 21, 2014 06:45 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne, what a great and valuable post for every home owner!, Endre

Sep 27, 2014 02:43 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Wayne B. Pruner 

I had a faily old house built in the 30's and when the buyers did a home inspection, they found the garage had no foundation...yep just hard dirt. You can imagine what I thought when I read the report but the buyer said it was OK. He was planning to knock it down and pour a cement foundation and put a new 2 car garage. We closed and every one was happy. I certainly kept all my emails regarding this garage.

Apr 30, 2015 01:00 PM