The Most Professional & Affordable Home Inspector
This is an article from local realtor Cindy Nexon of Sotheby's. Cindy is well known in Calabasas, Agoura, T.O., Newbury Park and the surrounding area!
One of the most important decisions when buying a home is to have a home inspection. Too often, buyers don’t want to spend the extra money for an inspection, particularly in new construction. This three to five hundred dollar (generally) expense, is the best money you can spend when investing in any new home. Sellers are not always aware of any defects, or safety issues in their own home, so by bringing in a third party, you can insure a neutral eye on the property. I just sold a client of mine a condominium that was new construction. It was the second escrow for her as the first property on which she wrote an offer had some defects in the construction. We brought in our inspector who looked over the property and while he deemed it safe, he felt that there were some issues and some shoddy workmanship. My buyer wisely cancelled the deal and we moved on. The next property was also new construction, and although the listing agent thought she was wasting her money bringing in an inspector, my client, knowing the value of that inspector, hired him once again to inspect the second property. That property had superior workmanship and we successfully closed the escrow with peace of mind about her investment.
A good inspector will check all the systems in the home, the roof, the surrounding immediate area of the home, the pool and spa, the attic, the crawlspace (if there is one) and a myriad of other details in the home. They’ll open windows, doors, check plugs, look under sinks, all the little things that none of us think to do in our own homes. They’ll point out not only deficiencies, but also safety items that should be checked once a year, i.e. heating and air filters, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and more.
Contrary to many agents opinions, they are not there to kill the deal, they are there to protect seller, buyer and the agents with their expertise. As with choosing a real estate agent, you should always interview at least three inspectors, check out their credentials, their experience and references. I have listed four inspectors below that I like and their contact information. But, you can always get in touch with me and I can put them in touch with you if you prefer