This is where having a solid Buyers Agent on your side will help enormously. They will not only advise you on such matters, but help negotiate either repairs or credits that the inspection may reveal. Good luck!
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The answer to ALL of the above is yes. It is also possible something happened that is a new problem. It is also possible that something big was missed.
If you are buying the house for almost nothing maybe you could take the risk and save the cash.
BUT if you are paying a good price for it around normal market rates a new inspection by someone else would be cheap insurance. Who knows what was missed? Only another inspection can say for sure.
If you think the last home inspector was thorough (compared to what?) ask him/her about a re-inspection. This is usually a discounted fee depending on the scope which may include verifying repairs and reviewing major systems.
Last month, a Realtor suggested her client save money and use an old inspection report. Turned out that the home inspector wasn't very thorough in the beginning. Lots of surprises and no one to resolve issues except the Realtor's E & O insurance.
Great source for local/qualified home inspectors: http://www.creia.org
A current inspection is vital to protect your interests....cutting corners will only invite potential problems.
Between the last inspection and today, a world of problems could have occured......it would be best to know what they were.
The Eckler Team
You'll learn a ton of useful information, not only about what needs repair or replacement, but also about what is working correctly, and many preventative maintenance tips.
Read the old report, but do get your own. It's well worth every penny!
Good luck on your home purchase and Dare to Dream.
Shel-lee Davis, CDPE
Your Real Estate Consultant for Life
RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
Absolutely have your own home inspection done. You have no way of knowing how competent the other inspector was..............and since it's 6 months later, there could be other issues that have recently popped up. Items can break overnight!
This is too big of a purchase to skimp on a new inspection!