What Inspections Should I Have When Purchasing a Home in Carlsbad?

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What Inspections Should I Have When Purchasing a Home in Carlsbad?

 

The due diligence phase of the home purchase process, or what is often referred to as the contingency period, is a critical one. An essential component, indeed a mandatory one in my opinion, is a home inspection by a qualified home inspector. This is true for new construction as well. While certain matters should be disclosed to you by the sellers, not all issues may be or perhaps are not known to the owners. In either case, reasonable care should be taken to thoroughly evaluate all aspects of the property.

 

 

Having a pool inspection when buying a home is essentialIn addition to a home inspection, buyers often ask if there should have other inspections, whether those suggested by the home inspector due to defects or issues uncovered, aspects of the property not covered in the home inspection (e.g., pool and spa, property lines, septic), or simply reassurance that other problems do not exist.

 

Here in California we have a Buyer’s Inspection Advisory (form BIA) that outlines a range of issues to be considered by Carlsbad buyers as part of the investigation of the property.

 

In addition to the home inspection these issues include soil stability, earthquakes and flooding (these are addressed in the Natural Hazards Disclosure Report [NHD]), building permits, security and safety (e.g., is a particular type and height of fence required by code around a swimming pool or spa?) and other matters.

 

OTHER HOME INSPECTIONS 

Getting a roof inspection is recommended during your home purchaseCommon inspections and evaluations that buyers can and often do perform, depending on circumstances, include pool and spa, roof, HVAC, fireplaces and chimneys, mold, asbestos, lead, fire sprinklers, structural, fire sprinklers (if they exist), wells, septic systems, and wood destroying pests (e.g., termite) and perhaps other critters like gophers and snakes.

 

Our Buyer’s Inspection Elections form (BIE) lists 37 different possible things to inspect, a number of which have already been mentioned.

 

The choice is yours.

 

But failure to do a home inspection and other evaluations that are warranted and/or recommended can be a big mistake. After the purchase, it’s too late! Saying "I wish I had ..." won't cut it.

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Jeff great article on the importance of having a home inspection! Rarely does anybody not have an inspection - and they're contractors typically.  Great list for buyers to consider - well done.

Oct 30, 2015 10:14 AM #1
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Anna Banana Kruchten 

Thanks for the compliment. I have only had 1 buyer in my career NOT do at least a home inspection, and that was a developer. But I find that some  buyers don't do other recommended evaluations, especially on big ticket items like roof and HVAC, even when the home inspector suggest further evaluation.

Have a great weekend! Happy Halloween

Jeff

Oct 30, 2015 10:20 AM #2
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Hi Jeff, this is important information for people in the process of purchasing property. The inspection is key to uncovering latent defects.

Oct 30, 2015 12:38 PM #3
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Jeff - It is important that you educate the buyers on additional inspections.  I would not have known about these and I would want those inspections done as a  buyer.

Oct 30, 2015 01:19 PM #4
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Hi Jeff Dowler CRS Thank you for the inspector referral. It all went very well.

Bill Roberts

Oct 30, 2015 11:41 PM #5
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Noah Seidenberg 

It's such a key part of the process and some people just do not take it as seriously as they should. Or don't want to spend the money

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Jeff

Oct 31, 2015 01:04 AM #6
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Grant Schneider 

You are not alone - some inspsections can be kinda obscure but many are just basic and really should be done. And with the availability of reports and websites buyers have lots of opportunities to do their due diligence

www.BuyersAsk.com is a terrific informational site about homes for buyers, and sellers

Jeff

Oct 31, 2015 01:06 AM #7
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Glad to hear, Bill Roberts Hope things proceeded appropriately after that!

Jeff

 

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I really don't think you can over inspect. Better to find out what you are buying up front and hopefully negotiate some repairs with the sellers.

Oct 31, 2015 09:08 AM #9
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Jane Peters 

I agree. There can be a number of issues you are not aware of that could be important, and potentially expensive. And sometimes things like property easements can be a huge issue

Jeff

Oct 31, 2015 12:23 PM #10
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Hi Jeff --- it's best to know upfront of any issues even though our standard purchase agreement in California states all properties are sold "as is" -- knowledge is power.   

Nov 01, 2015 09:07 AM #11
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Happy Birthday Jeff Dowler CRS enjoy yourself.

Nov 03, 2015 11:39 PM #12
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Michael Jacobs 

Most buyers don't even realize that unless you point it out, even though it is pretty explicit. The more they know about the home they are buying the better

Jeff

Nov 04, 2015 01:26 AM #13
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Thanks Noah Seidenberg 

Going to try and take some time to enjoy later today, or at least tonight

Jeff

Nov 04, 2015 01:27 AM #14
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Hi, Jeff. I hope you are having a wonderful birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

BTW...great post. I always recommend inspections for my buyers. 

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Debbie Laity 

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

And yes, I recommend them too. Most of the time buyers already are planning to have one so it's just a matter of scheduling I did have a recent buy who asked if they really needed to have an inspection, and why.

Jeff

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