You Shouldn't Save Money When Buying A House

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Home InspectionYou shouldn't save money when buying a skipping a home inspection.

It is a natural to try and minimize the cost of purchasing a home in Teays Valley, WV. After all, saving enough money for a down payment was challenging enough, now there are pre-paid costs such as homeowners insurance and taxes, and closings fees that need to be covered.

Not to mention the termite inspection and appraisal. Indeed, buying a home can be quite the work over for your bank account.

The oft mentioned mantra that "buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people will ever make" is quite true. A home inspection is like buying Peace of Mind Insurance.

What Does A Home Inspection Do? During the home selection process, we show pictures or ask parents, relatives, or friends to accompany us. They add another pair of eyes in the event we aren't seeing something, or too consumed with where to place the couch while moving in, or all the grand parties the beautiful deck will host.

A home inspection is like the parent or friend. The inspector is trained to look past the spacious living room or nice oak kitchen cabinets and root out any infractions or issues that could jeopardize the well-being of your largest investment now or later down the road.  He or she is an impartial person that will give you the plain and simple truth without fear of offending you and being left off the invitation list for the Christmas party. After a thorough check-up of the house, you will be presented with a report listing the existing problems or red flags.

How Do I Find A Home Inspector? Do not choose an inspector based solely upon price. Ask your REALTOR who they may recommend based upon their experience. REALTOR's in the Teays Valley, WV market do not receive any financial compensation for referring a home buyer. Check with friends or family and see who they used in the past. Speak to various home inspectors. Do they seem eager to help you understand the process and not hesitant to answer any question, no matter how silly it may seem? Ask to see a copy of their report. Is it understandable and give a good insight into the house? What are their credentials? 

How Much Will This Cost Me? Actual cost may vary from inspector to inspector, but you should expect to spend to between $300 - $700. In the grand scheme, this is about the cost ONE mortgage payment.   


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Skipping a home inspection is not saving money.  Many times in the lng run it will cost you.

March 26, 2012 03:39 PM
Li Read
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Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

Always, always, always do the home inspection.   An essential!

March 26, 2012 04:00 PM
Jamey "Milly" Milheiser
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

Skipping a home inspection is never a smart thing to do!  Thanks for the post.

March 27, 2012 07:36 AM
Shelly Long
Shelly Long (916) 806-HOME Sacramento Real Estate

Hi Dale~  I 100% agree with should NEVER skip a home inspection when buying a house!  Matter of fact, I INSIST that all my clients do so and in 15 years I've only had 2 clients who skipped them.  And guess what?  They both had MAJOR problems that they weren't aware of and could have saved a TON of money!  Which begs the question; what about home warranties?  But, hey, that's deserving of another post all on it's on, right?  Have a FAB day~!

March 27, 2012 12:29 PM
Sharon Parisi
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Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty

What a great title for this post!  It is an attention grabber.  You are so correct.  Inspections are an essential part of purchasing a property.

April 22, 2012 07:52 PM

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Dale Samples is a REALTOR serving the Charleston, WV Market. Blogging about real estate listings and homes for sale, as well as various other topics in Charleston, Cross Lanes, Teays Valley, West Virginia.