In a seller's market, as a buyer, you may feel pressured to move quickly to secure a deal. In this haste, you may decide to forgo a home inspection. Perhaps, by opting out of the home inspection, you think this may help you get the house over someone else...an edge. However, please be cautioned, in our professional opinion, every home needs a home inspection! Even new construction!! In our experience, new construction can have major defects which a builder is responsible for fixing before you go to settlement. Buying an older home is no different and creates even more potential issues. Having a third party evaluate the condition of the home is a prudent decision before you go to settlement. Let an expert who is trained to see things you might not see (e.g., termite infestation, mechanical and major system issues, roof leaks) investigate your future investment properly, and educate you on the condition of the home. A seller's market creates a sense of urgency for the buyer. We recommend you try to slow down to move forward...having a home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process regardless of the market conditions.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) who is the leading professional organization in the home inspection business has just posted this article. Please read this before you opt out of having a home inspection.
As always, we are here to answer your questions and educate you about the home inspection process. Please feel free to call us at (302) 500-0130.
Joe Cusumano, Owner
Bayside Home Inspections, LLC