We cannot emphasize enough the value and necessity of an extensive home inspection on any home for sale you are considering. Many home purchasers, either in the desire to save the $200 to $500 that a good inspection costs, or due to lack of information have spent enormous sums of money repairing items that an in-depth home inspector could of pointed out. Any offer to purchase you make should be conditional to a home inspection with a satisfactory report. Do not let your agent, family or friends tell you otherwise from having the property for sale thoroughly inspected! Not only will you sleep much sounder after you have moved into your new home, a professional inspection can give you an escape hatch from a contract on a defective house. If the contract is written as conditional on an acceptable inspection, any defects in the home for sale must be either repaired or adjusted in your purchase price. If you are not satisfied, you have the option to cancel the contract.
Inspections are designed to disclose defects in the sale of the property that could materially affect its safety, livability, or resale value. They are not designed to disclose minor deficiencies. Especially when considering home foreclosures or any older types of homes for sale you have to make it a must.. You will need to examine on your own the cosmetic areas that will need attention: don’t expect a whole house inspection to reveal those items to you. Cosmetic issues are usually easily fixed, unlike major deficiencies. Better be safe than sorry! I like to think my clients are informed buyers and make sound decisions and can sleep peacefully once they moved in to their new house!