Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

Hire Your OWN Home Inspector

Posted in Due Diligence,Inspections by Jeff Dowler on May 29, 2007

I have emphasized, a number of times, the importance of having a home inspection. This is true EVEN if the home is brand new. You never know what you might find.

You may run across a situation where the home you are buying was previously under contract with another buyer, who did a home inspection. Sometimes that inspection report will be offered up by the seller (if they have a copy – since the inspection is done on behalf of the buyer, who pays for it, the report is normally the property of that buyer), perhaps as a way to save time, or for other reasons.

I strongly advise you to NOT use that report in lieu of your own inspector. Yes, it’s fine to get the report, and you probably should, just to see what was found, but have your OWN inspection as well. No telling how competent the other inspector was. And if you rely on it, and there are issues, you have no recourse.


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