Home Inspections And How Important They Can Really Be

Home Inspections And How Important They Can Really Be

A home inspection is a buyers true safety net in a real estate transaction. You’d be amazed at some of the items I’ve seen at home inspections: collapsing foundation walls, holes in the roof, 37 year AC compressors, mold, insect infestations… the list just goes on and on! 

Just recently we did a home inspection with a pair of first time homebuyers on what appeared to be their dream home, until the inspector started really digging into the home. The back deck, which is what originally sold them on the home, wasn’t properly attached to the home, the foundation was cracked and sinking, and whole thing was held together with screws as opposed to nails and bolts. This was just the start… Mold in the basement. Leaky plumbing. Windows that don’t stay up or lock. 30+ year old furnace. Non-grounded outlets. The list just kept growing and growing. 

Looks can be deceiving. To the buyers, what appeared to be the perfect home cosmetically, was really a large undertaking they weren’t sure they were willing to take on. Without a good inspector, a lot of these issues would have gone unnoticed and my buyers could have ended up in a home that they were not prepared to take on. You never know what you may find behind a wall, in a crawl space, or on the roof, but if you don’t have a good inspector, you’ll find out the hard way!!

My buyers looked at me the other day while looking at another home, and told me that going through the home inspection on the other home was the best education they could have ever gotten. They now know exactly what it is they need to look for, and are excited and prepared for the next home and the next inspection!


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