Is a home inspector the best person to investigate a home’s electrical system before you make an offer to buy it? Lately home buyers have been deciding that their best bet for getting an honest assessment of a home’s furnace and electrical equipment is calling a HVAC specialist and electrician.
There are a couple of good reasons to get a technician’s opinion before you buy a house. First, the technician works hands-on in the world of HVAC and electricity every day. He’s seen hundreds of set-ups and knows what to look for. The second is that the technician doesn’t have any skin in the game.
In many cases, home inspectors get a lot of business from realtors. That only makes sense. But if you were a home inspector hired by a realtor, would you be inclined to make a decision that might have a negative impact on the realtor’s deal?
That’s a very expensive decision for a home inspector!
Other than the roof, the most expensive thing that you’ll have to replace is the furnace. If you’re buying a house with a furnace that’s past its prime, that’s a $10,000 expense in your future. Knowing that most homes will have original equipment, and most home builders don’t put in top-of-the-line furnaces, you could be buying a time bomb.
For a couple hundred bucks you could save yourself over $10,000 or even more if you have multiple systems. That’s not a bad deal. It isn’t very easy for us. We’ve been yelled at by realtors and home inspectors for putting a wrench in their deal, but at the end of the day it’s worth it if we save one customer from a nightmare.
Don’t take a home inspector’s word for it. If you want an objective, no-B.S. assessment of a home’s electricity, you call an electrician.
When you’re buying your next home, remember to give us a call at (405) 796-0320.