Home Inspections are vital is the understatement of my week. In the past couple of weeks, I have had several Home Inspections. Two of them were fairly routine. It takes about four hours and costs around $450 (depending upon the size of the home). There is also the cost of the GREAT Inspector, others are less money. After all of that you end up with a fairly clear idea of what you are purchasing.
By just searching online you can learn the basics about Home Inspections and what they should contain. But, in my opinion, they should (at the least) point out to you the condition of the property, the overall construction practices that were found, and the readiness of the systems to operate. Finally, if the inspector sees anything that is a health and safety issue (or may become one with the property) the condition should be FLAGGED for you and explained by the professional.
I have one of the best inspectors in Northern California who is always my number one pick. Having him available is the problem these days because the GREAT inspectors are busy. When he is not available, there are several good inspectors within a short drive of our area. Some are excellent, some are plain lazy, and, in my opinion, they are poor excuses for inspectors. The GREAT ones will not get overly concerned about cosmetics, but WILL get expressive over things like electrical issues, and WATER or moisture issues, and drainage. Good news for those who hire them. The best ones do not have an agenda, apart from making sure the buyer knows full well what they are buying with the subject property.
The reason I am so excited about this week is that as a result of a Home Inspection my lovely buyer had the chance to re-think her purchase. She took the high road in spite of how much she liked the place (it was shiny and much of it was newer) and she cancelled the purchase. WHY you ask? After all, she has been looking for the right place for months! Well, there were unseen moisture issues, the grade on the property was not going to be conducive to long term health of the home, and there were several issues that had not been disclosed. Of course she hated to miss out on a home in her preferred location, and she was upset (as anyone would be) and disappointed. But she was smart! Better to move on now than to have to live with ongoing repairs!
Much as we hate to hear bad news, and worse yet pay to hear it, this was a day for her to realize that this is why we pay to have the pros suggest your options. The inspector did NOT try to talk her out of the house, nor did I. We gave her the facts and we discussed her options. Then she had a chance to digest the information and make her decision, with strong support from me and her family to move on and trust that the RIGHT home for her would appear!
So try not to be anxious about this step. It is really important for you to understand just what you are getting yourself into. Even those who are very capable “handy people” can buy something that is just not worth it, if we don’t take all the facts into consideration and the cost of the remedies. So breathe deeply and TRUST that you are being walked through the processes with seasoned professionals! And one of the BEST members of this team is your Qualified, Certified Home Inspector! God bless and keep them. And of course your will be accompanied every step of the way by your favorite Realtor, Deb St John.