People often ask, “why do I need a home inspector”. Well, you don’t. However, I highly advise against purchasing a home prior to having it inspected. When you first go into a home you are filled with joy envisioning this house that is perfect for you and your family. You have a brief period of time to actually look around the property for defects. Some defects are hidden. Some defects you may not know exist if not properly trained. Some items are concealed on purpose or have quick handyman fixes in order to sell the home. A homeowner does not want to throw away $5,000-$10,000 on a repair they may be able to hide in order to sell the home. The problem is that the repair will now fall on you, the new homeowners. So do yourself a favor and be prepared when purchasing a home. Expect the unexpected and unwelcome cost.
The photo below is of a main drain going to the curb to link up with public sewer. The basement had some water present and was recently remodeled. The main water piping was directly behind the drain line. Where was all this water coming from? The picture makes it difficult to tell, but it is coming through the wall and accumulating on the floor below. This is evidence of a cracked or broken water line. So I write up the defect with a recommendation. Half the basement was blocked off at the time of inspection by a partition wall. Which meant no access to half of the basement. The buyers asked me to come back the following week to inspect the portion of the basement that was blocked off. So as a favor I stopped by after completing an inspection in the area.