This Old House needs an inspector?
November 8, 2011 10:25 AM Subscribe
Is a home inspector worth it to find out what deferred maintenance must be done immediately in an inherited house that I'm not selling right away? I'm thinking of getting one just to solve the deferred maintenance issues of an inherited house.
posted by Rosie M. Banks to home & garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I and my dad co-inherited my parents' 1970's era house. My dad has dementia and Parkinson's and recently moved back to a care home after breaking his hip. I live in the family home. (I also have power of attorney.)
To put it mildly, there are deferred repairs all over the place. Mom got somewhat round the bend as she aged and refused to do repairs unless forced to (that is why there is a big stain on the ceiling from a leaky roof, thankfully replaced; and why the cabinet under the sink was rotting from a leak she thought would "fix itself."). It was not a case of lack of money, just denial.
When I first moved in, the water heater sprang a leak and had to be replaced. The repairman and I found it was not up to code - not braced! And I live in an earthquake zone! Yikes! The new one is braced.
I'm thinking of hiring a home inspector to go over the house and see what else absolutely needs to be done in terms of safety and keeping the house from catching fire or being eaten by termites. My next-door neighbor is a realtor so I can get her to recommend one to me.
However, I am not planning to sell the house right away if at all - I'm job hunting, and would like to stay in California, but with the 11% unemployment rate here I might need to move. So things are up in the air right now.
There's money for repairs, no loans needed, but I'd like to prioritize safety and habitability issues over things like paint and a new kitchen. I'm also not very experienced as a homeowner, having rented most of my life and had landlords take care of things. Hence a home inspector, who would know more than I. I suppose I could get a checklist and do it myself, but a) I am not an expert and b) I have a fear of heights and refuse to climb a ladder higher than a stepstool.
WWTGD (What Would The Green Do)?