Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: It Looked Good On The Surface

It Looked Good On The Surface

inspect closelyWhen you're shopping for a new home, you might see quite the spectrum of home conditions.

Some homes you walk into and they're ROUGH.  LOTS of things obviously wrong, but depending on what those issues are might just prove to be an opportunity for a good deal and not a deal breaker.

Other homes will have a few obvious things wrong, but overall appear to be in great shape.

And then there are the homes that APPEAR to have NOTHING wrong.  On the surface everything looks perfect.

The reality?  Every one of these types of homes may have something MAJOR wrong with them that wouldn't be apparent from the first look.

When we're touring a home there are many things we do not do.

We don't go up in the attic.

We don't test the appliances.

We don't run the furnace and AC.

We don't go up on the roof.

We don't pull off the cover of the electrical panel and check for proper wiring.

We don't open and close all the windows.

Basically, there are MANY things that just aren't proper to do when touring a home.

However, you have an opportunity to have all those things checked out by a professional home inspector if you decide to buy the home.

A qualified home inspector knows how to look beyond the surface and find out if a home isn't as perfect as it looks.

Things that might not have been apparent during the tour get identified.

The window that doesn't close properly.

The dishwasher that's not operating properly.

That cracked vent boot on the roof.

The double tapped breaker in the main electrical panel.

That spot of termite damage.

The radon level higher than recommended.

Do you see why we recommend you ALWAYS get a good home inspection, even when the home LOOKS perfect?  We just don't know what we don't know.



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William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comment balloon 4 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • February 05 2019 01:07AM


Liz and Bill Spear 

Great title and a good way to lead to the importance of getting a professional home inspector. 

"It looked good on the surface." 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Hello Liz and Bill - it goes so beyond the surface.  A propery inspection is a "must" and not a luxury in any real estate transaction. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

It's especially important to choose the inspector wisely.  I had an inspection where the inspector went through the house and at the end, he said that the house was pretty good and that we'd have the report that day.  That day, he sent a 78-page disaster of an inspection report.  Every item basically called for further evaluation from whichever professional necessary.  a 10-year-old hot water tank... should be evaluated by a licensed plumber.  Really?  How about, it's near the end of its life expectancy and should probably be replaced before it leaks?  There were so many items requiring professionals that the buyers got scared and walked.  An inspection is a MUST!  Choose the inspector carefully.  

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) 7 months ago

Good morning Bill. very well said and absolutely imperative to do if you are buying: even a new home.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago