Why A Home Inspection is so Important
Written By Robert Axselle
We know it can be tough to get an accepted offer, especially in today’s market, and it’s frustrating and disappointing when the offer is rejected but waiving an inspection for your offer to be more attractive may put you in a very difficult position.
We are going to talk about a few of the ramifications here, including the facts around how many people die each year from common occurrences in a home that are often detected during a home inspection, so read on and learn what you can do to protect yourself.
In addition to the safety aspect of home inspections, the inspection industry and the inspection process provide agents, sellers, and buyers a layer of legal protection
In today’s hot sellers’ market, some real estate professionals are telling, advising, or pressuring clients to waive their inspection in order to make their offer more attractive. That’s a great way to get sued if you are a real estate professional and it’s a great way to own a lot of unforeseen deficiencies if you are a buyer. Believe it or not, you can be sued as the home seller after closing.
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