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I highly recommend an inspection to all my clients. Disclosure forms vary from state to state and don't always tell the whole story of the home, let alone they are from the sellers perspective. At the very least a home inspection gives you the opportunity to "look under the hood" with greater detail through an independent eye. The inspection gives you the opportunity to assess your investment. A $400-$500 investment in hiring a licensed inspector can save you thousands in the future. Good luck!
The inspectors I recommend always run every appliance, turn on every light, look for signs of cracks in the foundation, leaks in the plumbing, signs of moisture behind the walls in the tub area, and are up on a ladder to really take a good look at the condition of the roof--among many other things. While there is still a chance they might miss something, and there is no guarantee that the inspector will find a hidden defect, is your assessment of the property going to tell you the the electric box is no longer to code or that the plumbing under the sink is going to leak? Wouldn't you rather shell out the money for the inspection and have a better idea of what you are purchasing? How much are you spending on your house? Is this a big investment for you? Wouldn't it be worth $400-$500 (in my area an average inspection is within this window--sometimes less) to get a good idea of the condition of the property? If the answer is, "no," then don't get a home inspection. Will you kick yourself later if you move in only to discover something is wrong that an inspector probably would have caught? If it were my home, I'd want to know I did everything possible to assess the property condition. If something is missed, at least I know I did everything I could possibly do to make a reasonable decision. If you consider yourself very handy (if you are in construction or have vast experience in electric, plumbing, or building), then you might be fine with skipping this step--even then, wouldn't a second opinion be worth that money? Sometimes the contract allows for some repairs--and the inspection can pay for itself with repairs the seller will make! If it is an "As is" contract, you don't have that option, but at least you'll have a reasonable idea of what you are getting into before your purchase. Best of luck to you with your purchase!Carol ClaudonCENTURY 21 Top SalesSeminole, FL
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