So, Would you buy this house?

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Home Inspector with Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC WI 739-106

Hole in Door

 

As I wrap up another typical home inspection (80 years old, needing some repairs) , I wait for the most common asked question. "So, would you buy this house?" No, Mrs. Buyer, I already have one. "No, I mean, what do you think...is there any reason I shouldn't buy this? I mean based on the things you pointed out?" 

Here is my typical response: In my experience, almost every home has some deferred maintenance, or a component near the end of it's life span, or other issues including those of safety that could be addressed. My job is to evaluate it's overall condition and prioritize any concerns, present them in a report so that you have what you need to make an informed decision. 

My question to my Realtor friends is: What steps do you take with buyers, prior to and after the Home Inspection, to help frame issues and expectations?

Comments (6)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Walt Fish  very valuable report about home inspection.

May 22, 2019 07:51 PM
Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector

Thanks John!

 

May 23, 2019 05:10 AM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, VA, GA and FL.

I always prep the buyer for the fact that it is a used home and, as you state, there is almost certainly going to be SOMETHING that will need work. Then I hope that the inspector simply states facts.

Sep 25, 2019 03:44 AM
Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector

Yes Jerry, I have seen some home inspectors who approach homes with their chicken little hats on. Not professional.

Sep 25, 2019 04:59 AM