When you find a house in Dallas that you love and want to put in an offer on, there are a lot of ways you can make your offer look more appealing, including, for instance, offering to pay for the title, putting more money into escrow, or expediting the close. One thing I would never recommend doing is passing on completing a home inspection. Even if the house looks great, there could be issues lurking below the surface. What an awful situation it would be if, a few months after moving into your dream home, you find yourself putting several thousand dollars into an issue, like replacing a water heater, when you could have been warned up front.
Now, you may be thinking: doesn’t the seller provide a report of issues to their Dallas real estate agent before putting the house on the market?
Yes, the seller is required to do a disclosure report to disclose any issues that they KNOW about. But what about the problems that the seller doesn’t know about, like the mold that is growing behind the walls, or the crack in the foundation under the shower. Not every issue is going to rear its ugly head on the surface.
If sellers need to move out of a house fast, or they want to know ahead of time what issues they may run into with a buyer, they may have a home inspection completed prior to putting their house on the market. Even though you’ll have access to this report, I still encourage you to get your own inspection. You always want to do your own due diligence to make sure that you and your family are protected. Remember, the inspector is only liable to the person who paid them. If the seller pays for an inspection and something is missed, that inspector doesn’t owe you any type of explanation.
Most sellers won’t be discouraged or turn an offer down due to an inspection clause in the offer because they’re most likely getting ready to purchase a house of their own and they also want to know that the house they’re moving into doesn’t have issues.
So what exactly do home inspectors look for?
Don’t be surprised if after a home inspection you receive a long report with lots of deficiencies listed. It’s the job of the home inspector to list every issue they see wrong with the house — a light bulb out, a kitchen drawer getting stuck, or the stair railing not returning to the wall, for example. You’ll want to be on the lookout for major issues such as the HVAC system that is getting ready to go out, improper wiring throughout the house, and plumbing issues.
When you’re on the search for a new home, it can be easy to allow yourself to fall in love and get emotionally attached to a home very quickly. Don’t let the fear of losing out on a home deter you from getting a home inspection. It’s always better to have the “bad news” of what’s going on within a home up front than to move into a house only to find out you’re going to be depleting your bank account to fix problems.