When you are buying your Washington area home, should you rely on the seller' pre inspection?
You've found a perfect place. It' gorgeous. You love it. The price is right. And your agent (rightly) expects there will be a bunch of offers.
Oh No! Bidding War!
And it's the equivalent of buying a certified pre-owned Mercedes. The seller has a report from a licensed home inspector saying there are no problems - the house is perfect.
So as you are thinking about how to craft a winning offer in a competitive situation. Do you fore-go the home inspection?
NOT UNLESS JAY MARKANICH DID THE PRE-INSPECTION!
Some of my favorite clients bought a FSBO without me, and they relied on the seller's inspector's report. When they sold a few years later, the buyer's inspector came up with stuff that should have been, but was not, on the original report.
So if you were my client, I would advise you to get your own report. If you are in a competitive situation, you can always have the house pre-inspected by your own inspector, and if you are OK with what he finds, you can put in an offer without a home inspection contingency.
If you are not in a competitive situation, include a home inspection contingency, again, UNLESS JAY MARKANICH DID THE PRE -PRE-INSPECTION for the seller, hire him to do one for you!