Home inspections - to do or not to do?
October 16, 2017 | April Comstock
Home Inspections, to do or not to do…that is often the question. If you listen to my radio show Real Estate 101, you know exactly how I feel about it. You'd be crazy NOT to have one done. Granted, sometimes they can miss something, they are human folks, but just having that set of eyes checking everything out has saved thousands and thousands for buyers. To be frank, unless you are truly a jack of all trades AND have a pretty good budget, you are borrowing trouble by skipping this step! Just plan for it. The cost runs around $425. A home inspection looks for flaws in the following places:
 
  • Roof
  • AC
  • Furnace
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Exterior of the home
  • Mold (they don’t test for it…it’s another inspection)
  • Window function & issues
  • Drainage (tubs & sinks)
  • Dishwasher function
 
They also give tips for maintenance!
 
They find issues with new construction also so don’t think that new is flawless.
 
One of my first transactions in the business I was selling an older home and by all accounts, it appeared to be in good shape. They had done a pre-inspection and had eluded that the work on the inspection had already been completed. Being “green” in the business with a new home buyer…we didn't verify. Boy, was that a mistake.  Imagine hot water was not getting to the second floor of your house and that is where the bathroom is! Let's just say, that was a pricey lesson learned. I don’t care if one has been done, check it for yourself. There are years of crazy stories like this. We as agents should really pool our nightmare stories together and write a book. I’m sure it would be a series as it could go on for years!
 
If you are interested in knowing more give us a call at 785.213.5188 or email preferredadvisorsteam@gmail.com.
 
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