Should I hire a home inspector?
If you’re buying a house and trying to decide if you should get a home inspection I can give you the answer – the answer is YES. In today’s crazy market it’s not uncommon for people to forgo a home inspection in order to make their offer more appealing to the seller, but this is a huge mistake and gamble. Buyers are making offers after seeing the house for 30 minutes. In the offer it says " As Is Condition" !!!! "No Contingency" !!!!!! You may get the house, but you might also get a whole host of unexpected and expensive problems with it that you can't even afford. It gets worse. These offers are being made by first time home buyers. They get sucked into the game of buying a house, bidding wars, pressure from sellers and agents to act fast. They say "it won't last long" "we have multiple offers" "interest rates may go up" . These are just some of the reasons buyers skip the home inspection. If your deciding whether to hire a home inspector, ask yourself this, Do I know more then a licensed home inspector? Can I determine if the house is good in 30 minutes? If your answer is NO then you need to hire one. It is impossible to go through the house that fast. It takes a seasoned home inspector about 3 hours and with the use of tools. Did you bring a ladder? Outlet tester? I'm trying to make the point, how can you make an offer without the proper knowledge or information about the house. Take your time and don't let anyone pressure you to make a bad decision that will ultimately cost you a lot of money that you may not even have. It's better to walk away. If you want to decrease your chances of getting burned when buying a home, just hire a home inspector and rest easy.
Buying a home should be fun. Buying a car was fun also until the sales people had to put so much pressure on buyers to make a decision on the spot that day. Now studies show that people rather go to the dentist than buying a car. This is crazy but true!!!! This is what I feel is going to happen or, is in fact, happening right now. If you're in the process of buying a home don't let this happen to you. Don't be a part of the statistic that would rather go get a tooth pulled than to buy a house. The banks won't lend you money without them hiring an appraiser so, why shouldn't you hire a home inspector? The home buyers are the ones that are driving up the price of houses. So, if you're upset that the prices are high, it's your fault. I have seen buyers making offers for bank owned properties the same day of the showing. Again, no home inspection, ladders, electric meters, etc. The bank's agent says, "It's being sold as is." and buyers say, "Okay." I can't believe this. It's not the bank's fault, they can't even believe it!!!! What makes it worse-multiple offers. With that, they turn it into a game and you forget about all the repairs the house needs. Now, you're sucked into the bidding war!!!! Forget the thousands of $$$$ that you're going to spend fixing the house, forget the inspection, who cares!!!! You want to WIN !!!! Win what? The war, THE BIDDING WAR.
This is why prices increase. People forget what they are buying. Instead they want to feel like they won the lottery. You're not playing a game. This is real. Unfortunately, when the game is over and reality sets in, it's too late. You're a home owner. Congratulations!!!! You won.
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