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Why You Should Get a Home Inspection When Buying "As-Is"

Sometimes sellers list their homes "as-is". Often times, these sellers are not working with an agent and not looking to invest money into the property to fix things up or take on any liabilities for defects in the home. For many, an "as-is" home can be a great option, especially if you're getting a great price. However, if you are thinking of purchasing an "as-is" home you should still hire a competent home inspector to perform a full inspection. Here is why:

A home inspection will deliver a full picture of what "as-is" actually needs. As a buyer, you may already notice things that need repair or have updates in mind. A home inspector is trained to go beyond the aesthetics and will look for things most would miss. A home inspector will provide a detailed report on the state of the roof, exterior, interior, foundation, basement, fireplace, attic, insulation, ventilation, doors, windows, heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, and electrical system and list any defects found. This inspection report will leave you better prepared for what you will actually be buying "as-is" and help you decide if you want to go through with the transaction. The information can also sometimes be used to negotiate a lower price.

The state of Oregon requires sellers to provide a disclosure about the condition of the property. The information provided can sometimes be very little, or a seller could lie. A home inspection will fill in any missing information and if an inspector finds evidence that a seller concealed information or lied to you, that may be a sign that you don’t want to buy a home from that seller. If you do purchase an "as-is" home without an inspection but then later discover a defect, it's not all over yet. A home inspector may be able to review the seller's disclosure and testify as to what the seller actually knew. If the seller is shown to have misrepresented or concealed information on the condition of the "as-is" home they may still be held liable.

The better option would be to hire a home inspector in the beginning. The price of a home inspection is a tiny cost when compared to the price of a home. If you are considering an "as-is" home, call us at Active Home Inspection Services and let us help you be a prepared and informed buyer.

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