Why Should You Get a Home Inspection?
With average home values well into the six-figure range, it just doesn’t make practical sense to not get a home inspection.
When we conduct a home inspection, we often find things that a buyer would want to negotiate with a seller on, in terms of repairs and/or credits.
Our fees are based on the thorough nature of the inspection we perform, which covers mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural aspects of the home. As recent as 15-20 years ago, there were few, if any, standards for home inspections. Today,
Without a home inspection, you may find major issues after the closing, at which point they cannot be repaired or avoided, and you have no recourse. Many people don’t know that the home inspection report we produce is considered a legal document. Therefore, it’s unbiased and carries more weight because it’s provided outside the buyer/seller relationship.
Often, in the case of real estate flips or rehabs, a buyer will focus on the brand new stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and hard wood floors. A home inspection looks at a number of things a buyer or seller may not be considering, including foundational issues, structural issues, and those areas a rehabber or flipper may be trying to hide.
Many times, we’ve seen buyers who thought they were getting the home of their dreams turn to us with a look that says they don’t even want to be in the home anymore. At that point, we’ve often stopped the inspection and given the buyer the chance to walk away without charging them.
“We’re not in the business of taking money,” KGM inspector Jared Lonie said. “We’re in the business of helping people make an informed decision and only pay us once. We want to provide a service and have the buyer see the value in that service.”
The buyer is the primary beneficiary of the home inspection. However, there are times when an inspection can reveal a serious safety issue that the seller didn’t know existed.
Is a Home Inspection Worth the Cost?
A lot of times, the first question people ask is, “How much is a home inspection?” We understand the home-buying process is long and nerve-racking, with a variety of costs and fees along the way. Our fees are based initially on the square footage of the home being inspected. Based on industry data, KGM Home Inspection rates are in the average range.
In the end, the home inspection will likely be the smallest check a buyer or seller will write that can potentially save you the largest amount of money.
“We know our value and we’re comfortable in our rates,” Lonie said. “We’ll always try to work with repeat customers and of course, help out veterans when we can.”
“There’s not a dollar amount you can put on piece of mind,” said Kevin Mathers, KGM president.
To schedule a home inspection, call (815) 370-6644.