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Many home buyers are not aware of the importance of a getting professional home inspection before a sale. Typically, you will make a contingency offer that allows you to tell the seller how much you would be willing to spend on the home if requirements like a successful inspection are met. When the seller accepts your contingency offer, you are essentially committed to buy the home unless you see major problems in the house that could affect your price or your willingness to buy.


Not placing a home inspection contingency could leave you stuck with a house with serious problems, such as:

Unstable Foundation

A home’s foundation is its most important structural element. Without a solid foundation, the entire structure of the home will shift and cause all sorts of problems. The most obvious signs of foundational issues are large stress cracks and interior angles that are not square, leading to doors that will not shut and other bizarre issues.

An unstable foundation can be the result of poor construction practices or excessive moisture infiltration. Repairing the foundation is usually extremely labor intensive, expensive and not necessarily going to clear up all problems in one go.

Proper Site Drainage

A well-graded property lot directs water away from the home’s foundation and into a storm drain system or natural drainage site like a creek. Improperly graded lots will see pools of water gathering in problem spots and water infiltration that can cause a damaged foundation among other severe effects.


Roofing Failure

A roof keeps a home dry, so it must be in good condition to protect the home from water damage. An inspector will look for signs of damaged shingles, moisture infiltration or other signs of a poorly-maintained roof. Roof repairs can range from minor patch jobs to full-blown decking and shingle replacement.

Mold and Water

The inspector will keep an eye out for signs of water damage or mold growth. Small areas are not difficult to address, but long-term water infiltration or widespread mold growth can be hazardous to your health and a big red flag that the home could be more trouble than you bargained for.

Home Systems and Appliances

The inspector will also look at the home’s wiring and plumbing systems for signs of age or issues. They will take a brief look at appliances like furnaces and fixtures like sinks for common problems.

Anything the inspector finds is better being noted before a completed sale. They usually will give you guidelines on the problem’s severity is and what it would take to fix. This knowledge gives you room to renegotiate your offer or change your mind.


Most Fleetwood real estate property owners are diligent enough to avoid these issues, but an inspection can make doubly sure. For help navigating the buying process to ensure that the home you buy will make you happy and give you no unpleasant surprises, visit our buying page.



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