I work for my sister and brother-in-laws construction Company (we do sewer inspections & replacements) and would love to know how many investors actually go through with the sewer inspections in addition to the regular home inspection? We still find that we get a lot of calls from people who skipped these in the home buying process and are reaching out after the fact, when experiencing issues. If you do get them, it is because of a realtors suggestion? Or bad experience? Or do you skip altogether? Would love to hear from investors and realtors on this to get some perspective! Let me know!
@Melanie Parkham I think from the 5 or 6 inspections I've had done in Northern Utah in the last year they have always skipped over the sewer inspection. It is typically not covered under a normal inspection. It can be done, but at the request of the buyer. This also adds to the cost.
@Brady Hanks yes, they are a separate inspection. What I’m wondering is if investors here typically pay to have one done or not. And If not, why do they skip them? Obviously, doing replacements we get a lot of calls from people after they’ve moved in and realize they have a problem. So I guess I’m wondering if realtors recommend them, if investors don’t typical have an issue with them, or if they always do them. Basically just trying to get an idea of how important of a step this is to investors and realtors.
Sounds like you don’t typically get one, right? Is that due to the extra cost?
@Melanie Parkham I work with a lot of investors, and I would say that it is not normally something that they have done on every property. Of course, they always have an inspection done and if it comes up as a potential issue on the inspection then they would pursue it more. However, I always recommend having one done if the property is over 50 years old.
Hi! Sorry not from Utah... but I would tend to always get a sewer inspection. I live and buy in STL so a lot of older homes with potential problems. Personal choice and I'm sure it bites people... investors or not.
Repair costs can add up quick and just knowing that inspections are part of normal expense of purchasing any type of property puts my mind and the needs of the property in line.
I bought an As Is duplex last year and still obtained the inspections as I wanted to know exactly what I was getting into so I could plan the property out.
@Melanie Parkham In St Louis we get them 100% of the time.
In OR, usually the banks on resi deals want them. For a couple of hundred (I think) well worth the peace of mind.
May be worth calling local lenders and leaving your card?
@Steve Morris Yes, I will try that. We offer them for $49 so I am still surprised at the number of people who skip them. But it could have to do with the amount of new construction in Utah or people not knowing much about them. I own 2 properties in Milwaukee and I admit, I didn't do them on either. But now, seeing how pricey a replacement can be when not expecting one, I won't skip again. Even if it's just for the power of negotiation!
@Amy Kendall That makes sense. Older homes are definitely most at risk. Along with homes with a lot of trees, since the roots can intrude into the pipes. It sounds like a mix from the agents. I've spoken with a few realtors who said they require them while others leave it up to the buyer to request. I had someone tell me the other day they don't like to recommend because they think these inspectors often elaborate on the severity of the problem to get a job- scaring the buyer. Sad when I hear things like this happen.
@Melanie Parkham for $49 (or even $149) I’d get them way more often. Two companies I’ve worked with are in the $300-350 range which makes the decision a bit more difficult. I’ve gotten them when there something visibly questionable - but with underground piping, that’s not a great solution.
For the price I’m paying, maybe I’ll just send your company a plane ticket - might be cheaper! :)