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Are you REALLY saving money? Consider this...

It is no secret that our country is suffering economically. People are trying to stretch a dollar wherever they can.

Here are 2 ways that the economy may have an effect upon your inspection.

1. Many people are purchasing bank owned homes thinking that they are saving money without realizing the variety of costly problems with these homes such as: undisclosed problems due to little or no disclosure information, poorly maintained properties due to lack of funds, sabotage and vandalism to the property by disgruntled home owners being foreclosed on, costly systems or other components stripped from the property to sell for cash, mold & plumbing issues due to prolonged vacancy, and more...


Bathroom stripped of appliances                               Completely stripped home


2. Some buyer's think that they're saving a buck by having a relative do the inspection or skimping on the cost. This can be a very bad idea, end up costing them more money in the long run and leave them with no legal recourse. Having a good inspection done is a way of transfering risk and can save the buyer from unforseen costly repairs. 

Hire an inspector who has construction experience such as a General Contractors license, someone who carries errors & ommissions insurance and someone who is a member of the national association (ASHI), local association (California's is CREIA) or another comparable association & someone who has been doing inspections for awhile (ask how many inspections they have done).

John LaRocca

LaRocca Inspections

Comment balloon 2 commentsJohn LaRocca • January 22 2009 06:58PM


OUCH !!! What scary photos !!!!

NO DOUBT hiring a qualified inspector is critical !!!!

All the best John !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 11 years ago

Those look like many of the foreclosures that I've done in the past year. So sad.

Posted by Not a real person over 11 years ago