Do I Need a Home Inspection?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive

When you are buying a home the costs really add up and you may start thinking about where you can save money. One question that many buyers ask is do I need a home inspection?

Most often the answer to the question is yes! A home inspection is an objective examination of the home and its systems. The inspection covers the entire house from the roof to the foundation.

A home inspection will cover the home's foundation, basement, structural components, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors windows and doors. It will also examine the heating system, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems.

Because a home is often the largest single investment you will ever make it is important to know as much as you can about the home before you buy it. A home inspection will help you identify any needed repairs as well as what is needed to regularly maintain the home. The home inspection will help you proceed with the purchase with confidence.

When choosing a home inspector cost shouldn't be your first consideration. Look for the inspector's qualifications, experience, training and compliance with state regulations.

Remember, that no house is perfect. There are bound to be issues with almost any home use the information to decide if the house is right for you.

When you are buying a home or selling a home start by working with a seasoned real estate professional who will keep your best interests at heart! I have helped home buyers and sellers for over 25 years. I’ll be there for you throughout the entire process! I can also refer you to reputable mortgage lenders, home inspectors and contractors.

Don’t forget, you can stay on top of Metro West real estate with my FREE monthly newsletter and market updates! The Market Insider report is also free and packed with  useful information.

When you have questions about real estate, contact me first! I will provide the latest sales data and the market experience you can trust!

John Savignano

MA Real Estate Expert

RE/MAX Executive Realty

508 625-0059

 

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  2. Brian Sharkey 09/16/2013 12:37 AM
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Carla Harbert
Full Time REALTOR in Ohio - Brunswick, OH
RE/MAX Omega, Brunswick Ohio

Home Inspections are important for a variety of reasons ... from a buyer getting piece of mind, or learning tips about what to do to avoid future problems, from actually finding issues, and even for a seller ... the home inspection is intended to assist in the follow through of the sale.

Sep 14, 2013 11:26 PM #1
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John Savignano
RE/MAX Executive - Hopkinton, MA
Realtor - Hopkinton and Metrowest MA Real Estate

Hi Carla,

I Could'nt agreemore. I do try and explain to buyers that its the opportunity to look for "major defects" or "iminent safety problems" and not to nit-pick minor flaws.

Sep 15, 2013 12:04 AM #2
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

And do not, I repeat, DO NOT rely on property owners' property condition disclosures.  They're not worth the paper they're lied on.

Sep 15, 2013 01:13 AM #3
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AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

John - I can think of no good reason to skip a home inspection, they are just to valuable in the purchase process.

Sep 15, 2013 01:32 AM #4
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Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Get some recommendations from other agents as well as people who just had their home inspected.  If your state doesn't have a license for inspectors then check out their qualifications!

Sep 15, 2013 01:36 AM #5
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Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

Excellent post.  I would never advise a client to waive an inspection contingency because it is not in their best interest.  Like you said, a buyer needs to know everything about the home before buying it.  I agree with Lenn,  don't trust everything that is on a seller's disclosure.  Rely on an objective analysis from a qualified and reputable licensed inspector.

Sep 15, 2013 01:39 AM #6
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Tom Jansson
Acuity Home Inspections - Chicago, IL
Chicago Area Home Inspector - InterNACHI Certified

John,  thank you for a terriffic post.

I'm always surprised when folks are hesitant to have an inspection because the property's being sold "as-is."

Why would anyone commit to such a large investment without knowing what the "as-is" actually "is"?

Sep 15, 2013 02:00 AM #7
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John Savignano
RE/MAX Executive - Hopkinton, MA
Realtor - Hopkinton and Metrowest MA Real Estate

when the market gets hot they sometimes drop the contingency to sweeten the offer. I always advise against this. I had a seller recently suggest my buyer drop the inspection contingency as part of his counter offer to price. To mee this was a big red flag and made me want the buyer to have it even more.

 

Sep 15, 2013 03:57 AM #8
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Muhammad Mushtaq
Weichert, Realtors® - SBA Group - Fall River, MA
Broker/Realtor

Dear client, home inspection is your right and my Savior :) You must do it.

Sep 15, 2013 04:06 AM #9
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Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

The home inspection is a no brainer. I personally think even on an as-is sale it is a necessity.

Sep 15, 2013 04:36 AM #10
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Nakia Brooks
GaRealtyGroup | 2ShortSaleGuys - Braselton, GA
Selling GA, One yard at a time!

Great information John, we give all of our buyers and sellers a "Protect yourself when buying/selling a home".

We make them initial stating that they have received the brochure so that after going over all the do's and dont's - we can say this was the information that we gave you.

In both of those brochures, it states that one should get a through home inspection by someone that is licensed and insured.

This brochure has been published by the Georgia Association of Realtors. 

Sep 15, 2013 12:19 PM #11
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I am reading that in multiple offer situations buyers are not requiring a home inspection.  It is the buyer's decision, of course, but is not something I would recommend.

Sep 15, 2013 12:53 PM #12
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I think one cannot say it enough... inspections are a cheap form of insurance when buying a home! And these days on older homes with chimneys, the $150-200 charge for a chimney inspection is really cheap... 75% of older chimneys have issues that a seller needs to address that cost multiples of the $150-200 inspection charge for the buyer.

Sep 15, 2013 10:45 PM #13
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Brian Sharkey
SharkeyRE LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker
Sep 16, 2013 12:37 AM #14
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