To inspect or not to inspect, is it really a question?
I was recently contacted by a person who is selling her home. She wanted a home inspection so she knew what had to be done before the buyer’s inspector found problems. This is a fantastic idea that too few sellers take the time to do. The conversation got interesting as the owner mentioned having a moisture issue in the past. After discussing my process of how I would inspect the home, the owner was nervous about what might be discovered and throughout the conversation decided to gamble on the Buyer hiring an Inspector that may not be as thorough. The home owner also spoke to me about only accepting offers that didn’t require inspection.
Let’s think about what was just said. The owner is aware of a moisture problem and doesn’t want an inspection just in case something is found. I’ve had similar conversations with others who felt that if they didn’t have an inspection done then they could deny any knowledge of issues within the home. Scary thought!
This house above was advertised as having a newer roof. The misinformation given is that only half of the upper/main roof was newer.
How about this one? The shingles and the sealant are deteriorated to the point they no longer prevent water from entering the home. As a result mold has formed on the ceiling and very likely behind the panelling. This went unnoticed by the owner, the owner’s agent and the buyer on first walk through.
I have, on many occasions had conversations with Agents who say something like…its only x# years old, I don’t know why the buyer would want an inspection. Its not very likely that an 8-10 year old home would have replaced the shingles. If you talk to any roofer you will learn that 10 years is about when the shingles will begin to fail, sealants shrink and crack allowing entry points for water. Faults found don’t stop at the roof. A recent look at a 12 year old home revealed a plumbing leak at the water meter in an enclosed area. When a buyer is looking at a home, he/she doesn’t typically go crawling about in the basement looking for leaks, failed electrical devices, poor ventilation and so on.
When your getting ready to make what is likely to be the biggest investment of your life, for $275 you get a thorough inspection that could save you thousands. Call/text 519-991-7788, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ionresidential.ca to schedule your appointment.