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Should You Skip Having a Home Inspection?

Aug 17, 2007
If you are buying or selling a house, you must have come across the term 'home inspections' and you should educate yourself about it. Home inspections normally provide an expert opinion on the condition of the property and house that is for sale. However, that said, it does not mean that the home inspection will tell you everything about the existing defects of the house. It will give you a very accurate report on the potential major defects that could be there. It should also tell you about potential problems that could arise in the next few years, such as if the roof needs replacing soon.

Why Is a Home Inspection Important Before Buying a House?

All homeowners will ensure that the house is 'sale-ready' by making appropriate decorations and cosmetic repairs wherever necessary. However experienced you are, it would be impossible to catch all the potential problems lurking in a house. Reports have shown that the majority of houses have big flaws in wall construction support, plumbing, heating, flooring, and drainage to name a few. The complexity of the situation is such that unless you are a specialist yourself, you likely would not find all the flaws that may be present. As well, your emotions may cloud your judgment, especially if you have already fallen in love with the home.

Even in houses which are sold as "as-is-basis," you will need a home inspector to know what repairs you will need and how much it would cost you to get the house in proper form. For your own financial safety and peace of mind, a home inspection report, is well worth the extra cost. It can save you thousands of dollars by indicating that the heating and air conditioning needs replacement, or that there are signs of water damage in the basement.

Sometimes, the sellers will have their own home inspection completed prior to listing the house for sale. This is so there are no surprises at closing time, and provides the seller with a realistic value of the home. In addition, the seller may be able to make some of the repairs without spending too much capitol.

If the seller offers you the home inspection report that was completed prior to the sale, you can certainly look at it. However, it is in your best interests to hire your own inspector to look at the home. This way your interests and investment is protected.
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