Do You Really Need A Home Inspection?

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What is a home inspection? Although not required, a good home inspector will save you big money long term. You are looking for an inspector who can analyze the home's strengths and repairs/ deferred maintenance.

In a competitive market, it is common to see homebuyers waive inspections in hope of making their offer look more attractive to the seller. You would benefit from having an inspection if you have not had an inspection completed. The inspection provides you information as an informed buyer to make a decision based on evidence.

1. Pre Inspection

After your property is under contract, it is typical to have 7-10 days to call an inspector and set a time for them to inspect your property. Depending on your area, home style, and size, a home inspection will cost you between $300-$850. Depending on the size and condition of your home, it can take between 2-4 hours. It could be challenging to find an inspector on short notice and there are plenty to chose from. During the inspection, ask questions since they can provide a wealth of knowledge.

2. At the inspection

The inspector’s job is to point out conditions that are in need of repairs or at the end of useful life. They are not concerned with the cosmetics of the home. It is not required to attend the home inspection, but your best plan is to attend the home inspection. They will show you what is important and what’s a minimal problem. Keep in mind, no house is perfect and the inspection will show faults.

Most of the inspection is visual. Inspectors do not go behind walls or under flooring.

The inspection is broken down in multiple parts. While completing the inspection, they will be taking countless pictures and well as notes. Each inspector has a system when inspecting a property. They  could start outside and look at the exterior, roof, chimney, windows, doors, decks, and garage. Next, the inside of the property includes: kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, attics, electrical, plumbing, and basement.

3. Post Inspection

Any house has problems or will have problems in the future so don’t be concerned when you read the inspection report and it is between thirty and sixty pages. If it is an older property, take a look at the age of the major systems. Understand over time you will be replacing these big ticket items in the future.

After the inspection, you can use the home inspection to decide if the home is in a condition you like, or can re negotiate the deal. You could ask for a price reduction or a list of repairs you would like done. You could also ask for a credit at closing.

Final Thoughts

Money may be tight at closing but, there are numerous benefits for a home inspection. Hopefully, you can now see why an inspection can be beneficial when you are purchasing your home.


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Steve Bracero is a Real Estate Agent in Worcester County, Massachusetts and Real Estate Investor. Blog Topics include: Investing in Real Estate, Helpful Tips on House Hunting and Selling Homes. Areas of service include: Ashland, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Grafton, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Medway, Milford, Millbury, Northboro, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southboro, Sutton, Westboro, Whitinsville, Worcester, Upton and Uxbridge.


Steve Bracero
Real Estate Agent, Heisler & Mattson
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

There is a simple answer to this question. YES! For most transactions, a home inspection is necessary since the purpose is for a trained eye to find defects the untrained eye would not see or find Steve Bracero 

Jul 14, 2017 06:40 AM #1
Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

Hi Doug Dawes .. I do agree! I think it can be very helpful ofor for most homeowners! 

Jul 14, 2017 08:22 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I highly recommend home buyers obtain a home inspection.  They can save considerable amounts of money when finding things that are not disclosed.

Jul 15, 2017 02:39 PM #3
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