Home inspections are a crucial part of the buying process. Surprisingly, some buyers are willing to forego them. In order to help you avoid disaster, here are the five most costly home inspections to skip:
- General home inspection. The home inspector will give you a general overview of the property and will identify if there are any areas of additional concern for you as a buyer.
- Sewer inspection. Here in San Diego, there are many properties with trees whose roots could grow into the sewer lines. This causes blockages that can be costly to fix. There will often be signs in the home that there are plumbing issues, such as slow moving drains and clogs.
- Heating and air system inspection. This is pretty self-explanatory: if something is not working, and you don’t know it’s not working, it could cost you anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 on the backend.
- Roof inspection. Some clients opt out of having their roof inspected, but this often results in disaster. We recently had a roof inspection where the inspector found that 40% of the roof tiles were broken. Had we not discovered that, it would have been a $18,000 mistake!
- Termite inspection. Here in California, termites are quite common.They can cause a whole lot of damage to a property. If you don’t know they’re there when you buy a home, it could cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 depending on the severity of the problem.
If you have any questions about the inspection process, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!