Many people question the value of a home inspection. Buying a house in the California area can be a lengthy, costly, and sometimes competitive process. The home inspection sometimes feels like just an extra step. Is it really worth it? Our crew at InspectPros, Inc. wants to give you four reasons why you need a residential inspection when buying a home in Ventura County, CA.
1. Arm yourself with more knowledge.
When you’re buying a house, you want to ask the seller or the listing agent questions—a lot of them. However, sometimes even they only know so much. If the seller didn’t get a pre-listing inspection, he or she may not even know the full condition of the property. A home inspection gives you more info about a potential property than a walk-through alone.
2. Protect yourself against poor real-estate decisions.
If a home inspector finds an issue with the home, you want to know about it and be able to proceed with caution. You may decide it’s a big enough issue that you want to back out of the deal and keep looking. Or, you may determine that the home is worth the repairs and move forward. Either way, you want to protect your real-estate investment and proceed wisely.
3. Use the home inspection for negotiations.
You may be able to use needed home repairs as a tool for further negotiations with the seller. The seller may be willing to pay for the repair or drop the purchase price in order to compensate for repairs you will have to make to the home. But, you first need a home inspection to know whether repairs are necessary. Only then can you and your realtor decide whether it’s worth going back to the negotiation table.
4. Anticipate future repairs.
The property may not have any immediate repairs that need to be done. However, our home inspectors can often estimate how much life you have left in the home’s major systems, such as your HVAC, roof, water heater, and so on. This information is helpful so you can anticipate future repairs or even request a home warranty from the seller.
Have we convinced you to get a home inspection? Want to learn more about our residential inspection or specialty inspection services? If so, contact InspectPros at (805) 484-9711, or schedule your inspection online. We are a California-based business that serves the areas in or around Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara.