With a very hot real estate market, some buyers are opting to skip a home inspection. We would never recommend this as we’re usually the “eyes and ears” on any home inspection, ensuring the buyer or seller that everything is in order and safe. “Without an inspection, buyers risk spending hundreds of thousands of dollars or more on a home that could have major defects, ones that may not be obvious to the average person for months or years,” said Dina B. Browne, a partner at Bletzer & Bletzer. (source)
We do not recommend waiving a home inspection, not only is that because we’re in the business of doing home inspections, but ultimately we want they buyer and seller to feel comfortable with the purchase. A skipped inspection could cost a buyer hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs, or worse a costly remodel to fix a problem. Buyers need to see a home as an investment, and need to be sure to minimize risk with an investment, and a home inspection is a way to do that.
Some buyers are opting to skip a home inspection. But, experts warn, buyers should be careful and not skip this important step in the home buying process.
“I definitely think everybody should get an inspection, always,” said Kaitlin Oberg, a realtor with the Red Sign Team at Keller Williams Westfield Real Estate in Orem, “because you need to be knowledgeable going into such a big decision financially.”
2News followed an inspector with On Site Home Inspections, as he inspected a home Wednesday afternoon. In just minutes, he found several things a buyer may want to know about the roof and siding.
“I point out all the problems so that the buyer knows what they’re buying,” Paterson said, “and then they can make an informed decision on whether or not they want to buy it.”
Paterson noted any home has at least something wrong with it, and it’s important for buyers to be aware before they make a major investment in a house.
Jeffrey and Allison Green live in Illinois and are moving to Springville in a few weeks. They got an inspection within a short due diligence period and found their home had radon. The sellers agreed to fix it.
Both are glad they didn’t skip the inspection.
I can understand the temptation to do that because it’s truly a blood bath out there to try to get a home,” said Allison Green. “I can understand why people are doing it, but I’m glad for us that we were able to get the inspection.”
“We didn’t ask the seller to make all the repairs that were listed,” added Jeffrey Green, “but we know going in what kind of things to expect.”