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Why get a home inspection

Home inspections are a regular part of the home buying experience.  Are they necessary?  I believe so, but don't take my word for it.  Read what others are saying about home inspections: 

Yvette Page in the L A Sentinal writes :
"Your home purchase will likely be the largest investment of your life so take great care. The due diligence period, prior to the close of escrow is the ideal time to complete your home inspection. “A general real estate inspection report provides written documentation of material defects discovered in the inspected building’s systems and components which, in the opinion of the Inspector, are safety hazards, are not functioning properly, or appear to be at the ends of their service life (LaRocca 2014)."

Once the inspection has been completed you will receive a written copy of the report. I advise my clients to attend the home inspection because it can eliminate uncertainties when reviewing the report. The report will include a detailed summation of the plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating and cooling systems. It will also include information on the foundation, 
property, grounds and the garage. The interior of the home will also be inspected and includes  kitchen, bathrooms, living, dining and family rooms. At the end of the report the inspector will rate each inspected area and place them into categories that include: serviceable, needs attention and not acceptable."

September 14, 2016
Money magazine agrees when asked if home inspections are necessary: 

"Absolutely. You’re not just buying that beautiful master suite or stone-lined fireplace, “you’re also buying any problems lurking in the walls or the crawl space or the attic,” says Alabama home inspector Bill Loden, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). The home inspection is your chance to avoid those problems—or, at least, use the results to negotiate with the seller to pay for repairs.

A typical inspection starts at the roof and ends at the foundation, with stops in between at every major house system (plumbing, electrical, heating, septic, etc.). Most also include tests for radon gas and water safety. A good inspection, by a professional inspector to the standards set by the American Society of Home Inspectors, costs about $500 and takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size and age of the house. Oh, and don’t skip inspections on new construction. Just because something’s new doesn’t mean it’s flawless.

After you receive the detailed findings, you’ll need to evaluate whether there are any deal-breakers, such as serious structural defects. You may want to handle minor fixes yourself to avoid nitpicking with the seller. For cases in between—water-damaged carpet, for example—consult with your agent. You can ask the seller to pay for repairs or give you a credit at closing so that you can choose the contractors and materials you prefer."

Should I get a home inspection?
But a home inspection is not just important before you buy, they are also important when you are  selling your current home.  Philip A. Raices puts it this way: 

"One very crucial and important suggestion would be to have an inspection done before even the first buyer comes to look at your home; especially if your place is older than 30 years and hasn’t had too many upgrades or improvements.  Even an older home that is kept in meticulous condition might be hiding some treacherous issues.  

You will need to know what is potentially wrong with your place and fix it, before you have an agreed and accepted and then you find out what is wrong after the buyer does his or her inspection."

Real Estate Watch: Pre-inspection is the best investment
Thursday, October 13, 2016
These are but a few examples of why a home inspection is a good idea.  So call me today to get your home inspection scheduled!