Check your contract and with your agent to make sure you have the option to cancel the deal if an inspection turns up something you do not care for. If you have that option I would most certainly recommend an inspection. Having utilities available is necessary to perform a complete inspection. Without the utilities there are just way too many unknowns and potential problems that can easily be missed. Have you checked on the cost of having utilities turned on and whether it can be performed during your option period in enough time to get it inspected?
If your contract does not have an inspection contingency in it then you may be forced to continue with the purchase whether an inspection is performed or not. In this case it may still be well worth having an inspection performed in the event the inspection uncovers something that was intentionally left off of any disclosure provided to you.
Have you pulled an insurance CLUE and/or A+ report on the home to see if there were any insurance claims on it in the last 5 years that may not have been repaired?
Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
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