Do You Really Need A Home Inspection?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with CastNet Realty TREC#263257

Yes! You really need a home inspection! Many home buyers ask their agents this question every day. Clients may inspect their potential home purchase well, but they need a professional to examine all the systems, the walls, the floors, the foundation, the roof, plumbing, electrical, and more.

 

A good home inspection by a licensed home inspector will cost between $300-500. It is well worth the cost. After the inspection, you may be able to negotiate repairs on discovered deficiencies. This could save you a large unexpected repair bill in the future. Then, you would see the inspection paid for itself.

 

A client recently had an inspection on a property they were considering purchasing. The condensate line on the heating system had been leaking for years. The owner had no idea this was happening. She was an older lady, widowed, and had not changed the filter for many years. If she had changed the filter, she might have discovered the leak. I suppose she didn’t know she needed to, but the water had seeped down into the plenem, and rusted it. The water continued down the inside of the wall and onto the slab foundation. Water runs along the lowest point. It ran under the newly installed wood flooring. Needless to say, this was an important discovery that needs to be repaired now.

 

This same property which looked incredibly nice, had numerous problems you would not see while just viewing the property. If you did not climb onto the roof, you would not have seen the marks caused by hail, and the poor condition of some areas of shingles. This could keep the property from being insurable.

These are just two of the deficiencies found with the inspection. There were a couple dozen things on the report summary that needed to be repaired or replaced. An inspection gives the homebuyer an accurate view of what they are buying.

 

Sometimes, buyers are scared of the inspection report and back out of a contract. As a Realtor®, it is disappointing to see this happen if the repairs are minor and the buyers just got scared. On the other hand, Realtors® never want someone to buy and later be sorry they chose that property. Happy clients return and buy again from Realtors® who help them make wise decisions.

 

A good inspector is worth their weight in gold. Not all inspectors are as knowledgeable as others. Do, get references when choosing an inspector. Ask how long they have been in business, what their experience level is, how much knowledge and education on construction they have. A good inspector can be a big help in buying the right home. A mistake by an inexperienced inspector can cost you lots of money, so get a good one.  Check them out first before you hire them.

Fulbright Home Inspections

 

I was so fortunate they hired KENDALL FULBRIGHT of Fulbright Home Inspections.  Kendall has been in business for many years and he teaches new home inspectors.  So, we got the best, and Kendall was so kind to explain every item in detail.  A good home inspector will explain systems to a homebuyer and share how each item in the home operates, and how it should be maintained.  A home inspector is really a teacher and Kendall Fulbright is a great teacher.  

If you should need an inspector in Northeastern Oklahoma, give Fulbright Home Inspections a call at 918/707-0689.

 

 Their website is www.fulbrighthomeinspections.com.  Hire the best.

 

 

Ricki McCallum                    CastNet Realty                  CastNet Press

 

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Comments (4)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thankfully, Ricki, this was not a rhetorical question. I always tell my clients a home inspection is cheap insurance. But speaking of cheap, can't remember one that cost under $450 in a very long time. I just now tell people expect to spend around $500 with no special add-ons such as a radon or termite test.

Apr 22, 2021 06:58 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Any buyer even one putting down large cash sums to ensure getting the bid needs to get the home inspected even if just for information.  If the home has costly damage, it can be negotiated or they can back out of the deal.

Apr 22, 2021 07:38 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We do get this question, and right now when the market is so crazy, many are waiving it, just to win the bid.  I DO NOT recommend this.    You just don't know what you have until you perform the inspection.

Apr 22, 2021 09:21 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a wonderful shout-out to Fulbright Home Inspections, Ricki! 

And, what sage advice about home inspections too. I rarely have to even have the 'you simply MUST have one' as most have been pre-advised and they tend to get it after the 1st home we see together too. I point out this, that and the other and note that the home inspector is going to see a lot deeper than we are seeing!

May 03, 2021 09:39 PM