What is a Home Inspection and Do I Need One

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Are you in the market for a new home? Chances are you’ve already begun your search online. With the many homes in Ruby Hill Pleasanton CA for sale, you might have a handful of options to choose from by now.

Despite a home’s well-kept appearance and stunning architectural details, some hidden problems might be lurking around. Here’s why hiring a professional home inspector is worth every penny.

A home is the biggest investment of your life

It isn’t just the cost. We’re talking about the time spent finding, negotiating, packing, moving, settling down, making new friends, and adjusting to the new environment.

Imagine going through all that only to find out that the home you bought had termite problems or unsafe electrical wiring. Some problems are minor and can be fixed, but some might be so bad and make you regret buying the home.

Getting a home inspection before signing the contract can spare you from all this down the road. Most home inspections typically cost between $300 – $400, depending on the size or type of home. I think that that’s a nominal fee compared to what you get in return.

What is a final walk-through?

You’ve found a home you love, made an offer, negotiated a deal, and took care of the home inspections. About a week before closing, your agent will help arrange for a final walk-through. In most cases, only the buyer and the buyer’s agent are present.

This stage is critical during the purchase of a Ruby Hill home in Pleasanton CA. Final walk-throughs are your chance to see that the items agreed upon in the contract have been met. That great chandelier in the dining room the seller agreed to leave behind? Better make sure they didn’t take it with them!

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Final walk-throughs can be even more crucial if the home is unlived in. What if someone left a faucet running that led to water damage? Or what if there was a storm recently that left some things in disarray?

Here are some things to look out for during the checklist. Take a screenshot or print this list out to keep in hand.

  • Ensure that the things discovered in the home inspection have been taken care of
  • Check all major appliances
  • Turn all light fixtures on and off
  • Turn heat and air conditioning on and off
  • Test all faucets and toilets for leaks or other plumbing concerns
  • Open all doors
  • Open all windows
  • Do a visual spot check of ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Check storage areas to make sure nothing was accidentally left behind

These are just some ideas. Remember, this isn’t a home inspection. That should have been performed weeks ago.

Now you’re ready to live in your new home!

With all that done, all that’s left is closing and you can enjoy your new home! You will have peace of mind and security knowing that nothing will pop out of the blue inconveniently.

For more home buying or home selling tips, give me a call at (925) 621-0680. I’m Doug Buenz, the best real estate agent in Pleasanton CA!


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Doug Buenz

I have built a reputation in the real estate community as innovator and early adapter in technology. I have written extensively about real estate both on my popular blog and in the local and national media. I have served on numerous industry panels, including the California Association of Realtors and the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, I am a frequent speaker in my company training programs, and in local industry events.