Do I need a home inspection if it's being sold "as is"?

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

I return comment for comment.Just because a home is being sold "as is" -- which is often the case with many foreclosures and short sales since the banks don't want to spend any more money on them -- doesn't mean that you don't need a home inspection on the home.

On the contrary, the mere fact that the home IS being sold "as is" means that it's more important than ever that you get a home inspection so that you'll know just exactly what you might be getting into.

Remember that when people get into financial troubles for whatever reason, regular home maintenance is one of the first things that suffers. So with a foreclosure process that can take many months here in San Diego County -- and up to a year in some cases -- and with people continuing to live in the home for many months while they are in fnancial trouble, it's possible for many things to have fallen apart, fallen into disrepair, or been damaged.

Bank buildingThe bank does not send anyone out to inspect the property, so any damage noted by the bank is simply going to be that which is obvious, and you can see that same damage when you walk through the house. It's the more subtle damage, the more subtle wear and tear, the hidden things that you need to know about, and that's where your home inspector comes in.

Your home inspector will inspect the roof, the attic, the foundation, walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, and much more to make sure that you are fully aware of any problems the house has. Even though you might be getting a bargain with a foreclosure or a short sale, a failure to understand the true condition of the property can result in any savings being eaten up by a money pit, and that's not what you want.

If you need help buying or selling a home in San Diego County, give me a call. I'll help you meet your needs, wants, and goals for your new home.

If you need a thorough home inspection on your property anywhere in Southern California's eleven counties, give Russel Ray a call. He's been in real estate for over 40 years and is a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the nation's largest and best home inspector trade association. He was born and raised in Texas, so in addition to a great home inspection, you'll also get some Southern hospitality.

Tell Russel that Jim Frimmer sent you.

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"Saving $300-$500 by refusing an inspection is being penny wise and pound foolish. Buyers should always have an inspection so they know what they are buying.

February 10, 2009 09:29 AM
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Even seasoned veterans obtain inspections, it can be costly if you dont ! Have a great and successful week

February 11, 2009 10:10 AM
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Jen Bowman
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You are right Jim. A home inspection is important. At least this way, the buyer knows what they are getting.

February 11, 2009 05:48 PM
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Todd Clark
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I always tell people that a home inspection is the most important insurance policy they will buy when purchasing a home. If you own a car and can't pay the payments are you going to get an oil change?

Now what about a house where you can't pay the payments? Are you going to repair the small leak in the roof or under the sink?

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

February 12, 2009 02:00 AM
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You want to know if "as is" is at least good enough for you. Do the inspection!!

February 28, 2009 09:43 PM
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