Get a Home Inspection! NEW or USED!

Mortgage and Lending NMLS# 299717

I recently had a client ask me if they should get a home inspection on a new home.  My answer is always "YES!" In fact I would say even more so on a New Home.  The first owner of the home always finds things that have to be fixed so having a trained person go in beforehand is a great idea!  Get those issues fixed BEFORE you close!  Too many times I see people rush to get into the home and agree to have the builder finish some "Punch List" items after closing but at that point the builder has his/her money and is moving on to the next project that its own set of deadlines so frankly you become less of a priority.  This isn't every case but I see it a lot to the point where I also say get the home done and done before the deal is funded and recorded!

The Home Inspector job is to thoroughly review the home inside and out, up and down.  They spend 2-4 hours going through the home and I have never see a report that didn't have something wrong.  It can be simple things like switches/fans not working or voltage low on plugs.  Then there are the times that they find major stuff like no insulation, roof issues, water heater leaks, HVAC problems, and/or pest problems.

For many people, the monthly payment on a home is their biggest payment each month and their biggest investment.  If there are issues that can be found out BEFORE your purchase the home this can save you stress, time, and money!  Or at every least you will go into the home with your eyes wide open if there are any issues!

One last tip!  Make sure you order the home inspection BEFORE the appraisal!  These are two separate inspections.  The appraiser do have a trained eye to look for issues but they are not Home Inspectors!  They don't test all the features and functions of the home.  If the Home Inspector does find an issue that can't get resolved, you have the option of cancelling your contract before you also incur the expense of the appraisal.



Comments (4)

Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Absolutely even on a new home, I've made that mistake on a new home purchase myself.

Jul 22, 2014 05:10 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Absolutely ... even a custom built home I would do it myself and I recommend it to my clients.  ALWAYS.  I even have them sign a hold harmless agreement if they choose not to.

Jul 22, 2014 05:33 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Needs to be a featured post...such good advice.

Jul 22, 2014 05:41 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Grrat reminder Ryan, I ALWAYS recommend a home inspection on all homes that my clients purchase. 

Aug 10, 2014 09:19 AM