2: The Value in an Inspection

Who is represented in an inspection, why they are important

When buying a home your questions are directed to your agent. The agent knows the details of the home but not the finer points. They aren't going into the attic or crawlspace, they aren't testing the appliances or looking for leaks. They can't tell you what repairs were made, how old the water heater is, if there are potential a/c issues on the horizon, or if there is a roof leak in the attic. The issues they are aware of come from the seller's disclosure. Agents will highlight the known flaws disclosed by the homeowner. Can you trust the homeowner to tell you everything? Their incentive is to make as much from the sale as possible. An inspection will help you level the field and give you negotiating power.

An inspection finds as many issues as possible, small and large, for the buyer's benefit. We give you the information you need to negotiate your buying price AND incorporate the cost of repairs or request repairs be made prior to deal acceptance. We are a valuable tool in your toolbox for a relatively small price. A $300 inspection vs. having to buy a new furnace because the one that came with the house was faulty or finding out the water intrusion in the crawlspace has invited termites that have started to munch away at your floor joists? There's no comparative reason to not have an inspection.

Not everyone in the home buying process is looking out for your best interest. As an inspector, my only concern is to put as much knowledge about the house you're buying directly into your hands.