Today I’m going to share a story about a couple who purchased their first home without an inspection; and never made that mistake again. I’m sure you know people who choose to see the good in others, even when they have to look through a magnifying glass. We’ll call them Mr. and Mrs. Dreamchaser. They’ve worked hard to achieve what they have in their first 30 years of life, and they’re ready to purchase their first home and start a family. Mr. Dreamchaser spends a lot of time calling realtors and viewing photos of homes that don’t make the cut. This process repeats nearly every day for a couple of months. Finally, one of the realtors calls him out of the blue one day to say he’s found the perfect home; a four bedroom, two bath, ranch style home with a partially fenced level yard, and within the desired price range. Mr. and Mrs. Dreamchaser load the children into the car to go see their potential new home. Everything is nearly perfect. They notice small things that don’t seem like they would turn into big things, so they tell the realtor they would like to think about it over night. Mr. Realtor informs the trusting couple that two other couples are equally interested in the home and that they should make an offer as quickly as possible. The offer is made. Unfortunately, the motivated seller wasn’t as honest as they should have been. Their home inspection was outdated. The small issue in the hardwood flooring that seemed inconsequential at the time turned out to be a rather large termite infestation. The traffic lines in the bedroom carpets didn’t come clean after professional steam cleaning. The foundation was cracked in two places. Let’s just say the home was in much worse condition than Mr. and Mrs. Dreamchaser realized was possible after a single visit. But by the time they discovered many of these problems it was too late to do much about it, other than drag it through court or swallow their pride and make the best of it. The Bottom Line You never really know whether a home is worth the asking price unless you have a thorough inspection. My inspection process covers nine key areas that include the structure of the home, the exterior and interior, roofing, plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC, insulation, ventilation, and appliances. I am fully licensed and bring more than 25 years of experience to the table. Don’t throw your money into the wind or play Russian roulette with your home purchase. A home is a major investment, and not a simple purchase to go into lightly. I understand the desire to trust the humanity in other people, but unfortunately it isn’t always there. If you’re looking for a certified and licensed home inspector in the Scottsdale or greater Phoenix area, call me to schedule an appointment. I will inspect the home in question and provide an easy-to-read report letting you know if I find any issues.