should new homeowners hire a private inspector of there own before buying a home ?

Asked by Jorgedacosta333, Nashua, NH Tue Jun 29, 2010

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Randy Stoker, Agent, Carmichael, CA
Sat May 3, 2014
Absolutely yes. The more research and investigation you perform before purchasing a house the better!
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George Rauh, Agent, Bedford, NH
Sat May 3, 2014
I will second the Yes answer. Even though the bank is going to hire an inspector to look at the building. It is always wise to measure twice and cut once.
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Steven MacDo…, Agent, Bedford, NH
Fri Jan 31, 2014
The right thing to advise is, "YES", absolutely get a home inspection. But get a good one...There are a lot of good inspectors out there, but there are a lot of "hero's" masking as home inspectors prepared to scare buyers out of a good house due to them making a mountain out of a mole hill. Hire a Realtor who has a good grasp on what they're helping their buyer purchase, not someone more interested in how the home is decorated. What's the difference between a vertical crack in a foundation vs. a horizontal crack? Are the water spots in the ceiling from a leaky roof or condensation? You want to know as much about a home before the offer and inspection so you don't invest several hundreds to reveal what was right before your eyes.
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Charlotte Ma…, Agent, Nashua, NH
Tue Jan 14, 2014
Yes, you want to hire an inspector to work for you.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Mon Jul 5, 2010
By all means any buyer will want to hire their own home inspector to view any property they are interested in purchasing. Your offer should contain a contingincy that your offer is contingent upon a satisfactory home inspoection with results to the seller within 7 days.

if there is soemthing worng found in your inspection, you can back out, or ask the seller to fix or to get estimates and ask the seller to credit you that amount and you fix once your purchase it.

A buyer should have a buyer agent who represents them and looks out for their best interest, in most cases you can hire a buyer broker with no cost to you, they get opaid tehir commission from teh listing broker a fee advertised in the MLS and paid at closing.

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Dane Hahn, Agent, Englewood, CO
Tue Jun 29, 2010
There are many inspections that can be done as a function of buying a house, but be sure that they are included as contingencies in your standard "purchase and sales" document when you make an offer. Because every house is different, you will want to have experts in your corner when you are considering becoming the owner of a house, new or old.

The traditional home inspector will review the structure, roof, electric and plumbing systems, look for anomalies in the heat and air conditioning, and will likely mention if he saw evidence of any pests. But if you want a termite inspection that will be a different inspector. Ditto chimney and details on a furnace and A/C. If there is a swimming pool, or solar panels, probably you will have different inspectors for them, and if you want to check mold--that might be a different inspector as well.

Meaning, if you have every inspection--you will be paying more than your lunch money for the results.

Probably you should start out with a good solid local home inspector. Follow him around as he does the inspection. Ask questions and keep a good dialogue going as the home reveals itself to you. You will get a sense if or why any other inspections are suggested, and can then make up your mind. You will see the strengths and weaknesses of the house and the inspector will give you a good sense of the quality and what you are getting for your money.

If you are spending all your "extra" money on this home, ask the seller to include a home warranty as a part of your offer. That will cover all the appliances, the AC and Heat, the electric system and plumbing. There are a dozen or so of these companies, they are a form of insurance and so they must be approved by the NH Insurance Commission--so you can research them via the commission. The warranty will fix or replace anything that goes wrong during the 1st year.

Hope this helps,

Dane Hahn
NH and FL Real Estate Professional
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Tue Jun 29, 2010
Hi Jorge:

Always a good idea whether the home is new or old.

Best Regards
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Quest Inspec…, , Redlands, CA
Tue Jun 29, 2010
YAYYY AGENTS! Great answers! As an inspector of 21 years I do not take your intelligent and obviously caring responses to this question for granted just because you are posting here!
Way to go!
Well Jorge; obviously I concur. I would only add that you should interview the inspectors and request a sample inspection. My website may not be all that flashy,but, you will find some good material for your interview.
A great inspection has VALUE. Whether you are able to negotiate beyond the cost of the inspection; you will certainly have reduced your surprises and increased your knowledge of your investment. It lets you know now, it helps you plan, maybe you can negotiate or rethink...lots of value in that report!!!
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Voices Member, , Los Alamitos, CA
Tue Jun 29, 2010
A good home inspector will evaluate the structure of the house,roof,plumbing,insulation,pool etc.
Your REALTOR will be able to provide you with the names of few inspectors who he thinks is good. Cheapest is not always good..Home inspections are an added expense but can really help you make sure that the largest purchase you're likely to make is in good shape.
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Lise Tremblay, Agent, Nashua, NH
Tue Jun 29, 2010
I would never let my buyer purchase a home with out a home inspection.You most definitely want a home inspection to make sure you understand what the issues might be of that home.You should work with a Realtor that you trust to provide you with the names of a few inspectors he or she has worked with. You should then call them, you want to be sure they will be thorough in their inspection and have your best interest at heart.The cheapest may cut corners or not be experienced, it is an important investment. Do not cheat yourself. Big price to pay later. Thank you Lise Nashua NH
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Phil Cogan, , Coral Springs, FL
Tue Jun 29, 2010
You most definitely want a home inspection to make sure you are aware of what you are about to purchase. Your Realtor should provide you with the names of several inspectors he has worked with. You should then call them, discuss how comprehensive their inspection is (exactly what they will inspect), their fees, how long it will take for them to get the report to you, and their fees. Don't always pick the cheapest, sometimes they cut corners. Also, ask friends and neighbors who they have used.
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Kim Arnold-O…, , Manchester, NH
Tue Jun 29, 2010

Yes, absolutely.

Always cover yourself!

Good Luck!! :)
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Karen Wansha…, Agent, Nashua, NH
Tue Jun 29, 2010
Yes. You always want to have a home inspection before purchasing a home to give you a heads up on any problems or potential problems. Ask you Realtor for a referral for a good home inspector.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue Jun 29, 2010
Absolutely.....even brand new construction!

A good inspection will follow a comprehensive evaluation of the entire structure including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, appliances, pool, etc. and provide you with a thorough understanding of the overall condition of the home.

With new construction we have seen a number of serious problems revealed that would have gone undetected without an inspection.....missing roof tile, faulty wiring, mold in the attic, damaged appliances to name a few.

Our best advice is for buyers to always look to protect themselves through a home inspection......not to do so is pure foolishness!

Good luck

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Catherine Ma…, Agent, West Newbury, MA
Tue Jun 29, 2010
Hi Jorge,

Absolutely! A home inspector will evaluate the structure of the house, as well as systems such as the roof, electrical system, heating and central AC, insulation, doors, windows and plumbing. I would also suggest a pest inspection and if the home is serviced by a private well and on-site septic system, I would advise you to have those inspected as well.

Home inspections are an added expense but can really help you make sure that the largest purchase you're likely to make is in good shape. A good buyer agent will make sure that your purchase contract states that if there are problems that arise during the home inspection, that you can back out of the purchase if the inspection uncovers more problems than you are willing to take on.

I hope you found this information helpful!

Catherine Condon, Broker NH & MA
Integrity Residential Brokerage
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Lori Jeltema, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Tue Jun 29, 2010
YES! Abosulutely! Make sure you attend your own inspection if possible.
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Sometimes buyers decide not to have inspection in order to get their offer accepted. However, this is not a good idea. I have heard many stories of buyers who were sorry they did not have a home inspection.
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