Bypassing the Home Inspection Could Cost You

If You Think the Home Inspection Cost Too Much

PrintJust wait until you get the bill for the repairs (after the closing).  No matter whether I am working with an investor buyer, owner occupant, first time home buyer or buyers that have purchased several homes. I am always going to encourage them to get a home inspection.

Sure you may walk through a home and on the surface, everything looks fine.  The home seemingly has been well taken care of and that may very well be the case. But how would you know if you don’t get a home inspection.

Only once do I recall a horror story about a one of my buyers that passed up an inspection.  Actually she had a home inspection, requested repairs but didn’t follow the inspectors advice to have an industry professional take a look at the repairs to ensure the quality of the work.  The buyer moved in and the first heavy rain, the remodeled basement was flooded.

That’s just the horror story of one of my buyers.  Trust me when I tell you, I here these stories all of the time.  Usually an inspection is passed up because the buyer may want to reserve the $250 to $300 for something other than a home inspection.  Perhaps they just want to keep it in their pockets.

Here’s my recommendations

  1. Always, always get a home inspection. Try to find something else to skimp on but not this.
  2. Should you chose to bypass the home inspection, be sure you bank that $250 – $300.  You’re may need it when the ceiling caves in from a leak roof, or when the galvanized pipes need replacing a week after you move in.  Heaven forbid you’ll need it to mediate the extensive mold that could have been uncovered during a home inspection.

Charita Cadenhead is a licensed Realtor® in the State of Alabama since 2006, serving the Metro Birmingham market.  In 2007, she founded Bham WIiRE (Birmingham Women Investing in Real Estate). Bham WIiRE consisted of women interested in real estate investing, but later the focus expanded to include all women interested in any aspect of the world of real estate.  She is co-author of the book “Sell Your House Fast for the Right Price”, and has been featured on  She is an avid blogger on with nearly 1300 posts to date,  including a great number of featured posts.

Whether you’re looking to buy real estate your sell your existing property, call or send me and email today, so we can discuss how I can best serve your Birmingham-Hoover Metro area real estate needs!

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Charita H. Cadenhead
Birmingham Alabama Realtor®
(205) 527-1112 – Direct
(800) 496-7431 – Fax

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