I recently had a discussion with a buyer about home inspections and how he thought that they were a waste of money. I could see how one might think that. I mean, let’s face it, after the home inspectors look at the electrical, HVAC systems, plumbing, roof, and overall structure – what do home inspectors really do. They run dish washers, open and close windows, turn on microwaves and ovens and exhaust fans, etc. I mean, the agent or the buyer could do that and save money, right?
Now if you detect a hint of sarcasm in the previous paragraph, then you are right. The right home inspector can save you from making a big mistake or missing something that the buyer or the agent may not have seen. Moreover, the last time I checked, most buyers and definitely their agents are not qualified to evaluate the quality of the home. Do yourself a favor. Do the home inspection. It is a small price to pay for piece of mind and may even save you from buying a money pit.
Oh, and that buyer I was referring to was glad that he had the home inspection because the inspector found that the front wall of the home was bowing a bit and required an evaluation by a structural engineer.