Did You Have a Home Inspection?

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

Ahhh...the joys of home ownership. I saw this posted on Facebook. It was posted by a person I know in my town. 

"Plumbing issues x3. Drain issues throughout. HVAC issues. Broken appliances. Ten million little projects adding up. Buy a house they said."

" I’ve owned this place for 3 weeks."

"I’ve had a broken toilet, hot water heater, fridge, fridge water line which flooded the newly painted basement ceiling.
The a/c for the 3rd floor is broken, I can’t reset the dishwasher to start a new cycle so I’m guessing that’s toast too.
All of my drains back up so I’m ankle deep when I shower, and the d/w backed up into the sink. I need to do laundry but I’m terrified.
I have to replace every vent and filter.
I don’t even have a working light in the kitchen yet. And I’m already freaking broke.
I miss renting."

My question was, "Did you have a home inspection before signing the Purchase and Sale Agreement?"

These days more and more people are waiving the home inspection thinking it will give them a better chance of having their offer accepted. 

I do not advise waiving the home inspection.  Buyers should ask their Realtor® for a list of home inspectors in their area.

You might say, "But what is the point of a home inspection"? Simply, it is this. The main purpose of a home inspection is to give you, the buyer, the information needed to make an informed decision on the property you are considering buying.

Happy home hunting AND be careful out there. There can be many pitfalls a Professional Realtor® can guide you through to make your purchase a satisfying one

 
Here are reasons why you should have a home inspection.
  • A home inspection contingency allows buyers to hire a professional who will tell them about major and minor issues with a home before purchasing it.
  • Many lenders won't offer financing on a home without an inspection.
  • Home inspections can uncover potentially life-threatening problems like mold or faulty wiring that could cause a significant fire.
  • In Massachusetts, home buyers have a 10-day window to get an inspection and decide whether proceed with the transaction.
  • A thorough inspection is a critical step in purchasing a home.
  • Home inspectors look at the exterior and interior parts of the home, including but not limited to electrical, plumbing, roofing, HVAC, and foundations.
 

 

 

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
 978-887-3995  ~ Office
 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

Comments (16)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jun 11, 2022 07:23 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read the post. Have a great weekend

Jun 11, 2022 07:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Doug, I can never understand why people try to save money by not having a home inspection.  That like going to court without a lawyer.

Jun 11, 2022 09:28 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Will Hamm 

I agree with you. Real Estate is an emotional buy and when you put emotions ahead of prudence things mostly likely will go awry

Jun 11, 2022 09:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Doug,

An inspection on a home you are buying is always necessary. Even if you wave inspections and aren't going to be asking for any repairs, just knowing what your are buying and what could come up in the future can give you peace of mind.

Jun 11, 2022 09:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Doug - proper preparation can pay off in the form of peace of mind.  Some lessons can be quite costly.  

Jun 11, 2022 10:21 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Doug people that post crazy stuff like that on FB tells me they did not have the right Realtor Representing them.... your post is spot on and to boot I always negotiate a Home Warranty with additional coverage for the first year.... Endre

Jun 11, 2022 10:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Doug- having an inspection seems like a no-brainer to me. Buying a house is probably the largest investment a person will make. You need an inspection to know what you're buying. You can be prepared for items that may come up down the road. 

Jun 11, 2022 12:53 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

I agree AND I think this buyer may have received bad advice from her real estate agent. They still could have had an inspection for information only reasons

Jun 12, 2022 05:55 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Michael Jacobs 

My concern here is, what did the seller know and not disclose. Pipes don't clog overnight when you're standing in 3" of water in your tub.

Jun 12, 2022 05:58 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Endre Barath, Jr. 

You make a good point regarding a Home Warranty. I think, in this case, that would have been wise, given the buyer was a 1st-time buyer and a single parent

Jun 12, 2022 06:00 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

When someone is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars what is another $500 Kathy Streib? Maybe it should become a mandatory contingency. What do you think?

Jun 12, 2022 06:01 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I've never represented a buyer who did not get a home and termite inspection.  If they purchased a condo they also got an HOA document compliance review. 

It is beyond foolish not to complete due diligence. 

Jun 12, 2022 03:13 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I have had people that refused a home inspection. Nothing I could say or do changed their minds. In our contracts, there is a box that needs to be checked and initialed if they waive the inspection

Jun 12, 2022 08:08 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - it is posts like yours that should be FEATUED and I don't understand why not? This is a Real Estate Platform and you nailed it with this common problem that came about with low inventory and multiple offers. Skipping the Home Inspection or worse not even thinking about how risky it is to do so is not smart and it is foolish. One should never lose sight of the their goals and fall into temptations. 

I really think this is a very important blog post. 

Jun 27, 2022 02:26 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Again, I find myself thanking you for your kind words. I, personally, think home inspections should be mandatory simply because there are so many things an untrained eye would never pick up on.

Jun 27, 2022 05:50 AM