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Inspection or No Inspection - What You Need to Know

by Kristi Gonzalez, DRE #01877616 02/09/2020

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As you move forward with your home purchase, your real estate agent may recommend that you have your home inspected. Sometimes the inspection is required by the lender or insurance company, but sometimes it’s an optional step. Buyers who have the option sometimes consider skipping the inspection to save a little cash. Before you say “no” to the inspection, consider these reasons that it may be an important safety measure to take.

1. The Ability to Walk Away

When buying a home, you want to be completely sure that you’re not buying a home with problems that will cost you thousands after closing. Making an offer contingent on the results of an inspection allows you to legally walk away from your purchase contract if the inspector finds a serious issue. Without an inspection and this contingency, your offer is legally binding, and walking away is a costly choice.

2. Ensure Your Home Is Safe

Home inspectors know how to find problems that aren’t clear to the naked eye. From electrical wiring problems to hidden mold or problems with the home’s structure, knowing about these issues will protect you from buying a home that’s not safe to live in.

3. Improve Your Negotiating Position

If the inspection finds something wrong with the home that will be costly to fix, you can still buy the home if you wish. Armed with the information from the inspection, you can ask the seller to make repairs or give you a different price to cover the problems found. For instance, if the roof is in need of major repair, you can make a new offer that requires the seller to make those repairs, or you can offer at a lower price, using the difference to cover the repairs. Your real estate agent will help you understand the requests that are reasonable as you craft a new offer.

4. Enjoy Peace of Mind

A home inspection gives you peace of mind that you are buying a quality home. When the inspector gives it a stamp of approval, you can know that you are unlikely to have serious surprises when you move in.

5. Find Pest Problems

You don’t want to move in only to discover termites or roaches in the home. Pests can often go undetected until a serious infestation is present, but an inspector knows how to find the hidden signs of pests. Finding pests doesn’t mean you need to avoid the home, but it does mean you should ask the seller for professional pest control measures before you close on the property.

An inspection is an important step when buying a home. The cost of the inspection is small in comparison to the peace of mind and protection it brings. Even if it’s not required, make sure you request an inspection on your next home purchase.

About the Author
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Kristi Gonzalez, DRE #01877616

I am the Broker of HousePro Realty, Inc.  My team serves all of San Diego County and we have had the opportunity in the past 20+ years to help numerous clients buy and sell homes.   

If you are selling a home,  we never charge any more than the negotiated commission.  If you are buying a home we never charge you any fees at all.  

Many brokerages now do, so always ask upfront if the company/agent you are considering using will be charging you any additional fees, such as transaction coordinator, admin or doc fees, etc.  

Our services include helping you sell your home for the best price, in the least amount of time, with process as smooth as possible, making sure you complete all required disclosures to avoid legal issues later.  

If you are  buying, we will help you find the right home, assist you in arranging financing, negotiate a good purchase price on your behalf, and will handle all the details of the transaction to ensure a smooth closing. 

When the time comes for you to purchase or sell a home, let us put  our 20+ years' experience to work for you.  We would appreciate the opportunity to represent you and  we look forward to the opportunity of becoming your trusted real estate resource.  

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