The Importance Of A Home Inspection Before You Buy

Importance of Los Angeles Homes InspectionCongratulations! You searched and searched and finally found your dream home! Do you realize the importance of a home inspection before you buy? This may be one of your largest purchases ever. Would you buy a car without giving it a test drive? Of course not! Doesn’t it make sense to have a set of experienced eyes examine your new home before you invest your hard-earned dollars? Of course!

You may think your handy uncle can look over your new home to see if everything is OK. Don’t risk it! A homeLos Angeles Home Inspection Discovers Broker Roof Truss inspector has the uncanny ability to discover defects not seen by an untrained eye. I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret. There are no perfect homes! Every home has defects of one kind or another, even new construction! A home inspector will thoroughly evaluate the systems and structure of your new home and then provide a comprehensive report with photos.

How Much is a Los Angeles Home Inspection?How much is a home inspection? Inspection costs are typically less than 1/4 of 1% of the home’s purchase price! Fees can range from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand, depending on the size, age, and complexity of the property. If you opt not to purchase a home inspection, just one surprise may cost you more than the money you saved on the inspection fee! Doesn’t it make sense to hire a professional home inspector? A home inspection usually pays for itself in the form of repairs by the seller or consideration for repairs at closing.

Here’s a partial list of common defects found at a home inspection:  Los Angeles Home Inspection Finds Foundation Crack

  • Moisture intrusion
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Roof issues
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Foundation defects
  • Substandard repairs and installations
  • Electrical problems
  • Systems nearing the end of their useful life
  • Defective or hazardous components
  • Carbon monoxide hazards
  • Structural damage
  • Hazardous materials

Los Angeles Home Inspection Finds Broken Roof TileA qualified, experienced home inspector will investigate every accessible area of your home and discover clues to its past history. This includes crawling under the home if it has a raised foundation, walking the roof, and entering the attic area. These areas are not easily accessible and are often neglected or go unnoticed by homeowners. They may contain critical defects that will affect the structure of the home or allow water entry that could cause major damage.



Originally posted at First Choice Inspections

Buying a Los Angeles Home – The Series:

Step 1:  Getting ready to buy

Step 2:  Why use a Realtor?

Step 3:  Define your criteria

Step 4:  Start your search

Step 5:  Make your offer (about the purchase contract)

Step 6:  Be prepared to negotiate

Step 7:  Go through the escrow process

Step 8:  The importance of a home inspection

What is not covered in a home inspection

Step 9:  Prepare for your new home

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Steve Stenros

Steve Stenros is the president of First Choice Inspections, a southern California home inspection firm serving San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties. He is a CREIA MCI (Master CREIA Inspector) and ICC certified inspector (International Code Council), and has served as president of the north San Diego chapter of CREIA. Steve can be reached at 888-335-3040.

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  1. Great information on home inspections for buyers in Los Angeles and in any other part of the country as well. I’ve heard repeatedly that new construction agents are telling buyers that they don’t need an inspection; in fact, some of my lengthiest inspection lists have been new construction! It is indeed a MUST when buying any real estate, anywhere!

  2. Rich Cederberg says:

    Some buyers have the misconception that REO’s or bank owned homes can’t be inspected. This is far from the truth! Even though they might say they are sold in “as-is condition no warranties expressed or implied” you can and should have them inspected. Sometimes the bank will wind up doing repairs.

  3. Jane – to me, a home inspection has to happen even with a new home. I’ve seen many new homes with construction issues that were never addressed because the codes inspector didn’t want to climb under the house or up in the attic, or they were just to lazy to do their job. One million dollar home had a shower without a drain connection. The water just ran into the crawl space. It would have been a great breeding grown for mold if Michael Thornton hadn’t caught it.

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