Connie Belmont, Sarasota real estate agent
Connie Belmont, Sarasota Realtor
For Sarasota Florida Real Estate Excellence
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Is it OK to Waive a Home Inspection on a Home ?

Don't Do it Without Knowing What you are Giving Up

    In a "hot housing market" like Sarasota Florida or when there are multiple offers for the same property, there is a tendency on the part of anxious home buyers to think of dropping the standard contingency requiring a professional home inspection.  Waiving your inspection contingency may help you prevail if there are multiple offers on the home you want, but it can prove to be a very costly mistake.

    Buyers who waive the inspection contingency have no protection at all against potential defects in the home.   A leaking roof, faulty wiring, appliances that don't work or a defective heating or air conditioning system may not be readily available to you as a buyer. But these problems, if not discovered before the sale is closed, can cost you thousands of dollars in unexpected repair bills just when you may be either short of cash or wishing to spend what cash you have on decorating, not on repairs.

    The best way to avoid unpleasant surprises is to insist upon a professional inspection before you buy any Sarasota real estate property. A top-to-bottom examination of the home is probably one of your best and most important investments. An inspection will include a review of the heating and cooling systems, plumbing and wiring, all major appliances, the pool and supporting equipment if there, plus the walls, attic, ceilings, floors, windows and, if there is one, the basement. The specifics may vary slightly based upon the type of construction are evaluated to determine if they are in "working order."

    Your Sarasota Florida Realtor can provide the names of qualified and experienced professional home inspectors in your area. You can also find a directory of qualified Sarasota area home inspectors at the website of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

    Your Sarasota home inspector will review their findings with you and alert you to any costly or potentially hazardous conditions they find. If costly repairs are necessary, the seller may be willing to either get them done before closing or reduce the selling price to offset the costs you would otherwise have to bear yourself. When only minor repairs are needed, an agreement can often be worked out that will not affect the sale price. The seller often gets the repairs done themselves before closing.

    Your home inspection of any Sarasota real estate property serves another useful purpose -- education. Most buyers want to learn as much as they can about their new home so they can protect their investment. An impartial home inspector can provide you with helpful advice on how to keep the systems in your new home working at their most efficient level.

    So, should you waive your right to a professional home inspection as a way to entice the seller to accept your offer ? You can if you want to, but know that you are giving up a very valuable protection that may prove to have been a costly mistake when itÂ’s too late.

Information in this article has been drawn from various sources and while it is thought to be accurate and timely, it is not warranted.
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Connie Belmont,  Sarasota Real Estate Agent

Rampart Homes of Sarasota Florida
4401-E Ashton Road,  Sarasota, Florida  34233
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