Home Buyers: You Really Need A Home Inspection

Real Estate Agent with Classic Realty Realtor

I'm not sure about you, but I've had experiences in life, many of them avoidable, that has cost me money, valuable time and sometimes serious embarrassment!

Recently I found myself chatting with someone who thought he didn't need a Home Inspection when purchasing a house several years ago. In fact, he shared very clearly with his Realtor® that a Home Inspection was a waste of time and money. So, the Realtor® had him sign off on the Home Inspection, they closed on a house that had been vacant for nearly two years and the purchaser was happy. The problem is the happiness was short lived.

The next day, the new home owners moved in and the morning after, decided to turn on the Outside Faucet. He then walked away for a few moments, not realizing the pipes above the garage had froze during the winter months while the house was vacant. These new home owners were blessed with a good neighbor who came ringing their doorbell saying, "You have a serious water problem in your garage"! The result was, the new home owners didn't have just a small leak, but a Major Flood on their hands. Most of the drywall on the ceiling of the garage collapsed, water was actually penetrating the outside walls of the garage and was running down the street! Needless to say, it cost them a lot of money and energy to remedy the problem.

So what should every prospective New Home Buyer learn from this story? If you are purchasing a house,you need to HAVE A HOME INSPECTION! A simple Home Inspection would have in all likelihood, discovered the water problem and the Seller's would have been given an opportunity to have it fixed or the Buyers could have voided the contract with a small thing we call, "A Home Inspection Contingency".

Comments (3)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

All of us hear stories like this all the time. In most cases, nothing bead happens, but whoever takes the risk, end up paying a lot of money for the mistake.

Jun 24, 2013 07:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, David, for sharing this story. Smart home buyers always have a home inspection.

Jun 24, 2013 11:13 PM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

David - Unfortunately some buyers will never learn and it amazes me they don't want to send $300-$500 on an inspection when they are purchasing a $200,000 home.

Jun 26, 2013 12:03 AM