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Is a home inspection required before signing (on purchasing a home)?

I know it's a VERY good idea to get a home inspection, but am curious if it is legally required in any way?
  • April 18 2013 - US
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The little bit that a home inspection costs is well worth the money spent.  Imagine saving a couple of hundred of dollars and find out later there is mold, or some structural or major plumbng issue that needs to be fixed.  That's potentially thousands of dollars out of your pocket.
  • June 20 2013
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All the ideal to you too Cora.
  • June 20 2013
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  • June 20 2013
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Not legally required in Virginia or any other state that I can think of, but
maybe it should be if only for the protection of the buyers. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind and possibilities of what to expect in your new home.
  • April 20 2013
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A Home Inspection is not required but do yourself a favor and PLEASE spend the money and obtain one-- it will save countless hours after escrow closes for possible problems that arise between buyer and seller.
  • April 19 2013
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Ask your Realtor, they should have already gone over this with you.
  • April 18 2013
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A home inspection is not required, but it is highly recommended. Depending on your state there may be language in the Contract To Purchase which give you the contractual right to inspect the residence within a stated period of time.  This is often referred to as the Due Diligence period.  The Buyer usually has the opportunity to have the Seller repair certain deficiencies up to an agreed to amount or in the case of an As Is Contract can decide to not go forward with the purchase based on the results of the inspection.  It is to the Buyer's advantage to have the property inspected for deficiencies that are not visible or known to the Seller.
  • April 18 2013
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In New York it is certainly advisable to have a home inspection.  A qualified inspector might notice problems that are not apparent such as a faulty furnace.  The inspector will also go into the attic and crawlspace  to search =for signs of water damage, etc.
  • April 18 2013
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Not in Maryland.  I would recommend getting under contract first with the seller and then make the contract subject to the inspection results.  If the results are bad, you can cancel the contract or ask the seller to fix.  This way you don't spend money on the inspection until you have terms and the home locked up with the seller.  
  • April 18 2013
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I have never had a buyer who regretted paying for their home inspection.
  • April 18 2013
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No it is not legally required.  Neither it is required for getting mortgage pre- approval. Generally condos & town homes have little less value for home inspections.because all outside structures are insured and maintained by associations and you pay monthly for their fees.
  • April 18 2013
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A Home Inspection is not required prior to the closing of the home, however certainly recommended.

The caveat to that is FHA, however. FHA requires a termite inspection to be presented prior to the closing on the loan.

Hope this helps!
  • April 18 2013
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Profile picture for Matt Hiatt
It is not required in Arizona, but highly suggested. Why not spend $300-$400 ot find out if your $200,000 (or whatever the price) investment is not going to cost you thousands of dollars down the road.
  • April 18 2013
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Not in Texas, but it's advisable.  

A minor out of pocket expense for such a large investment.  

  • April 18 2013
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