Home Inspections; Unlike Cars, There isn't a House-Fax
It still blows my mind that some buyers will forego home inspections to save a few hundred. A large investment, possibly the biggest one of your lifetime, the old saying "buyer beware" and the following cautionary tales will spare you considerable grief.
Some buyers pass on home inspections when the home in question is brand new or recently built. Still a no-no, and can cost you dearly.
Should I have the Home I'm Buying Inspected?
Let me share a real-life horror-story:
For example, my business partner Marty Snyder had a client that recently bought a new home, and you'd think it would be properly constructed. Well, after a year of living in the home, Marty's client noticed some buckling on the outside wall next to the kitchen.
Come to find out, the siding was affixed to the wood, and nothing else and not nearly what current codes specify. The buckling keeps worsening, getting wetter,staying wet, and soon to affect the frames and windows. Upon calling the home builder, he was simply told; sorry, it's no longer under warranty. The builder took a shortcut, and for not listening to his Realtor's advice the client now has no recourse and the issue becomes a costly out-of-pocket expense.
This, by the way is another reason to use a Realtor, and professional buyer's agent like my business partner, Marty, and not approach home builders on your own. Prudence still requires you listen to your Realtor's advice and I hope you choose your agent well. Luckily, Marty has been in the business for years and sharp at protecting his clients from hidden and unwelcome pitfalls.
Unfortunately, the home warranty was not a comprehensive one and doesn't cover the repairs either.
There are so many ways to get into trouble buying a house, but also so many ways to save money responsibly during the process.
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