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YOU NEED A HOME INSPECTION ON A FORECLOSURE EVEN MORE THAN RESALE. (Sample Inspection Report was a Foreclosure)

Many realtors and prospective home buyers feel there is no reason to get a home inspection on a foreclosure.  They feel that the inspection fee is an additional cost of purchase that is not needed.  This can be a big mistake.  There is no seller disclosure as a guide and while it is true that what you see is what you get, it is what you don't see that you also get, sometimes at a huge expense.
 
A foreclosed home is more likely to have major issues that one being occupied when you view it.  Often it has been neglected for some time prior to foreclosure as families with financial troubles seldom address upkeep items with the home they can't afford.  Often the evicted resident is needy and strips many appliances and items of value to either take with them or sell for needed cash.  They are the angry losers of their home who choose to alter wiring, remove circuit breakers and cause dangerous results.  Broken plumbing is quite common.  HVAC sytems under the house or in the attic vanish as do water heaters.  Once the house is vacant vandals and thieves often do their damage and steal items.  I've seen homes flooded when the water was turned on, venting of furnaces and water heaters that were deadly if used prior to replacement or repair, and electrical items that could burn the house down.

Crawl spaces can reveal bad foundations, damaged duct work, sagging or broken support beams and posts, mold, water damage and shifting supports wild life activity.  The attic can have many of the same issues.  Not all issues with a roof and its metal components are seen from the ground. 

Always remember that what you don't see can be a heartbreaker.  Never buy without a comprehensive home inspection by a trained professional.

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