Considering purchasing a small vacation home built in 2003 and I’m weighing the idea of doing the home inspection myself (septic inspected independently).
I do not work in the trades, but after years of home ownership I feel like ive done enough reno’s myself (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, framing) to know what to look for. I also remember my last inspector being pretty useless – like observantly noting a bat under an exterior eve but completely missing 2 cracked floor joists in the basement. I probably just got a crummy inspector, but there’s really no guarantee or recourse for a shitty inspection so I’d almost rather throw that money towards closing.
The house is relatively new and seems to be in great shape, so I don’t expect any serious issues. However, my concern is how it would be received if I actually found an issue. Unlike home inspectors who are viewed as independent third parties and provide an ‘inspection report’, me as the buyer-inspector would essentially be asking the seller to take my word for it. I suppose the seller can do his due diligence and decide if he wants to repair, but there’s potential for it to complicate negotiations if the sellers prickly (in this case a retiree).
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