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The Importance of Home Inspections for Buyers in La Jolla

After finding your dream home in La Jolla and placing an offer, the next step in the home buying process is to get a home inspection. Home inspections play a large role for buyers and can ultimately make or break closing negotiations. In addition to facilitating the sale of home, home inspections can provide La Jolla buyers with a handful of other benefits.

The most obvious function of a home inspection is to alert the prospective homebuyer of the condition of the home. Home inspectors are trained to look for major electrical and plumbing issues, problems with air conditioning and heating systems, water heaters, and they can notify homebuyers if areas of the home such as the roof will need to be replaced immediately or in the near future. While home inspectors may be able to identify major structural issues if there are noticeable cracks in the seams of the walls, ceiling or outside along the home's base foundation, it is important for homeowners to understand that most structural issues are difficult to detect.

Along with evaluating the condition of the home in terms of repairs, a home inspection will also reveal if the home poses any health hazards. Home inspectors will look at the entire home, including attics, basements and crawl spaces to make sure the home is free of mold, mildew, asbestos or lead-based paint. If found anywhere in the home, the hazardous materials will need to be removed by a professional remediation team. Depending on the extent of the problem, remediation could cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Finally, an inspection can help ensure the safety of the home. Homebuyers will know if there are any code violations and if certain areas of the home were built without the proper permits. Inspectors will also be able to make sure the important emergency shut off switches and valves are accessible, installed correctly and in proper working condition, which will help mitigate future disasters and emergencies.

There are many cases when homebuyers may consider skipping a home inspection. For instance, if there is a multiple offer situation, buyers may skip the condition of a home inspection to make their offer more appealing to the seller. In other situations, a home may be of relatively new construction and the buyer would like to omit the inspection in order to save money, relatively certain there is nothing wrong with the home. However, with the average cost of a home inspection totaling $300, La Jolla real estate agents encourage their clients to always include a home inspection as a condition of sale. The nominal amount you spend upfront can save you hundreds, maybe thousands in the future. With a home inspection, buyers are also provided with peace of mind. Knowing the home they want to purchase is in good condition, structurally sound, and safe, they can confidently move forward with the home buying process.


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