Some homeowners, particularly those who choose to sell without an agent, opt for an “as-is” sale to avoid spending money on repairs and to limit liability for any defects. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with purchasing an “as-is” property, especially if you can get it at a favorable price, it’s crucial to hire a qualified home inspector before making the decision to buy. Here’s why:

Firstly, the term “as is” can be ambiguous. A casual walkthrough might give you a general sense of the home’s condition, but it won’t provide the comprehensive insights that a professional inspection would. Home inspectors are trained to spot things you might easily overlook. Core 360 Home Inspections required to adhere to a specific Residential Standards of Practice, which includes inspecting elements like the roof, exterior, interior, foundation, basement, and various home systems. With a detailed report from a home inspector, you’ll have a more accurate understanding of the property’s condition, enabling you to make an informed decision or negotiate a better price.

Secondly, many states mandate sellers to furnish a written disclosure about the property’s condition. Unfortunately, these disclosures are often lacking in detail, and some sellers may even provide false information. An inspection can fill these informational gaps. If an inspector uncovers evidence that the seller has either withheld or lied about information, it’s a red flag that should make you reconsider the purchase.

Lastly, even if you go ahead and buy an “as-is” property without an inspection and later discover issues, all hope is not lost. A home inspector can review the initial disclosures and potentially testify regarding what the seller should have disclosed. If the inspector finds signs of dishonesty or information concealment, the seller might still be held liable, despite the “as-is” label.

In conclusion, hiring a home inspector initially is clearly the smarter choice. Remember, the cost of a home inspection is trivial compared to the home’s overall price. So, be a savvy consumer—particularly when considering an “as-is” property—and consider hiring Core 360 Home Inspections.