One of the advantages to using a specialist Realtor is that theyÂ will help you toÂ make the right decisions and helpÂ keep you out of trouble. Like making sure you order a home inspection.Â For reasons I don’t understand, buyers often forget to, or don’t want to, order one. Sometimes, the $200-500 that it costs seems like just one moreÂ unnecessary expense. But is it really when you’re about to invest $200k in a home?
Here’s the thing.Â Home inspectorsÂ are paid to find problems. And they do!Â That’s not a bad thing because it means you can get them fixed (usually for free) before you close.Â And I’ve yet to see a case where the buyer hasn’t got more back in free repairs than the amount they spent on the inspection. So don’t get your knickers in a knot when you see the report.
In my last two sales,Â as a direct result of the home inspection, the following were fixed at no charge to the buyers:
- AC ducts swept and adjusted, insulation added
- Leaking sink faucet replaced
- Tile regrouted in the bathroom
- Wall made “true” in kitchen
- Sticky door replaned and re-hung in living room
- Window locks replaced in bedroom
- Dishwasher fixed
- Electrical outlets changed
- Pipes under sink replaced
- Fan in bedroom replaced
- Cracked window replaced
- Carpet cleaned.
But rather than argue about it, we’ve decided to make our clients an offer. We’ll order a home inspection for you – and pay for it! Easy. End of discussion.
For details on how to take advantage of this offer, justÂ refer to our new page on Home Inspections.