I’m buying a home “as is.” Why do I need a home inspection?

Some sellers – often, those working without an agent – want to sell their home “as is.” This might be because they don’t have to invest money fixing it up or take on any potential liability for defects. There is nothing wrong with buying a home “as is,” particularly if you can buy it at a favorable price. However, if you are considering buying an “as is” home, you should still hire a competent home inspector to perform an inspection. There are several reasons for this.

First, you don’t know what “as is” is.

Water damage on a ceilingSure, you can walk through the home and get an idea of its general condition. You may even spot some defects or items in obvious need of repair. But you won’t obtain the same detailed information you will receive if you hire a home inspector. Home inspectors are trained to look for things you are not likely to notice. InterNACHI inspectors, for example, must follow InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice (and in the state of Texas, TREC Standards of Practice) and check the roof, exterior, interior, foundation, basement, fireplace, attic, insulation, ventilation, doors, windows, heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, and electrical system for certain defects. Armed with a home inspector’s detailed report, you will have a better idea of what “as is” means regarding that home. This means you’ll be in a better position to know whether you want to buy it. You may also be able to use information from the home inspection to negotiate a lower price.

Second, although the seller may be required to disclosure the condition of the property, a home inspection arms you with third-party, unbiased information.

Home inspector checks water heaterMany states require the seller to provide you with written a disclosure about the condition of the property. However, sellers often provide little information, and a few even lie. A home inspection can provide the missing information. If an inspector finds evidence that a seller concealed information or lied to you, that may be a sign that you don’t want to buy a home from that seller.

Finally, if you buy a home “as is” without hiring a home inspector and then later discover a defect, all is not lost.

A home inspector may be able to review the seller’s disclosure and testify as to what the seller knew or should have known about. The inspector may find evidence that the seller made misrepresentations or concealed relevant information from you. Even the seller of an “as is” home may be held liable for misrepresentation or concealment.

But the better choice, obviously, is to hire a home inspector first.

How much will a home inspection cost?Remember, the cost of a home inspection is a pittance compared to the price of the home. The additional cost of hiring a certified inspector is almost insignificant by comparison. Be an informed consumer, especially when buying an “as is” home, and hire an InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector.



Micah Stephens, TREC #22271

Contact SafeShield Inspections for your Houston Area Home Inspection Needs

Your future deserves the attention of a professional. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, or just “happily at home”, we invite you to consider SafeShield Inspections for your home inspection needs.Please contact Micah Stephens, InterNACHI-certified inspector, at (832) 953-6992 or email Micah@SafeShieldInspections.comCLICK HERE for a free quote.

Subscribe to our Blog

About the Author

Nick Gromicko, InterNACHI Founder
Nick Gromicko is the founder of InterNACHI®, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, based in Boulder, Colorado. InterNACHI® is the world’s largest association of property inspectors — with one of the largest websites on the Internet at www.nachi.org — offering education, training, benefits and support to its members to help them succeed in the home inspection industry. Mr. Gromicko also serves as executive director of the Master Inspector Certification Board, which awards qualified property inspectors the title of Certified Master Inspector®, the industry’s highest professional designation.