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Old 06-30-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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Are inspectors essentially builder's buddies ? So doesn't matter whether you do an inspection or not ?
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Knox - Henderson
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Are inspectors essentially builder's buddies ? So doesn't matter whether you do an inspection or not ?
Not at all. As a Realtor, I always recommend that buyers have a house or condo inspected by a licensed residential inspector. Their reports can be very revealing and can make the difference between buying and not buying. They can also be used as leverage to encourage sellers to make improvements that they might otherwise not have made.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Jacob, you're asking a lot of good real estate questions. Have you ever considered getting a real good agent to help you?

One that's familar with new construction.

Yes, a good inspector is worth their weight in gasoline.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Dallas: Oak Cliff
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One thing I would add about inspectors especially if you decide to go with an older home is to not rely entirely on a general inspector. They are just that, general. They have a general knowledge of plumbing, electrical, structural, etc. While they are able to identify obvious issues they often fail to identify other things that can turn out to be just as costly.

One approach is to hire an electrical specialist, a plumbing specialist, and a structural specialist to all do individual inspections that are related to their area of expertise. It will cost you more upfront but can save you in the long run. You also get a much more detailed report with the condition of your home.

I know there are some general inspectors that are more detailed than others. Also, if you decide to take this type of approach make sure you use inspectors that are not just showing up to give quotes on how much it would cost to bring everything up to code. In older homes just because something is not up to code does not always mean it needs to be repaired.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Are inspectors essentially builder's buddies ? So doesn't matter whether you do an inspection or not ?
What kind of inspections? One done by the city to check for code compliance, or the ones done by private companies for building defects?

Neither is the end all be all, especially the private inspections since they can't see behind the walls... often times they come in and can only really do a quick check for symptoms of problems that can be visible. But it's still worth the $300 you spend on them.

Code inspections are important, but even then I have found serious problems in my new home that underwent inspections. Major potential electrical problems that I found when wiring new fixtures that made me rewire everything myself because some wires were starting to melt. So I don't really have much faith in the city inspectors even though they do add value by catching some of the more obvious issues.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:09 PM
 
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I work for a builder and I would always recommend for a buyer to get an inspection regardless of if it new construction or pre existing homes. However, on new construction the builder more than likely will not negotiate pricing over an inspection
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