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Why waiving a Florida home inspection is risky

When purchasing a home in Florida, some buyers may consider waiving the home inspection to expedite the process or secure a lower price. However, opting to skip a home inspection is unwise and can lead to significant risks that could cost you more in the long run.

Waiving a home inspection can also affect your ability to secure insurance and ensure the long-term safety and stability of your investment.

Hidden issues

Florida’s climate can be harsh, with hurricanes, floods and high humidity levels. These conditions can take a toll on a home’s structure and integrity. By waiving a home inspection, you risk missing hidden issues like water damage, mold or structural problems that are not readily visible. Identifying such problems early can save you from future costly repairs.

Legal protections

In Florida, the purchase contract typically includes a clause that allows buyers to have a home inspection. Waiving this provision can leave you with limited legal protections if you later discover issues with the property. A professional home inspection can provide you with a comprehensive report that documents the property’s condition, giving you evidence for any negotiations or disputes with the seller.

Negotiation leverage

A home inspection report can be a powerful tool for negotiation. If the inspection uncovers issues, you can use this information to negotiate a lower purchase price, request necessary repairs or even opt to withdraw from the deal if the problems are significant. Without an inspection, you may lose the opportunity to address these concerns before finalizing the sale.

Peace of mind

Buying a home is a significant investment, and you want to ensure that you are making a sound decision. A home inspection provides peace of mind by revealing the true condition of the property. This knowledge allows you to make an informed decision about the sale, knowing the potential risks and expenses associated with the property.

Despite the clear benefits that come with having a home inspection, Forbes reports that about 40% of people who bought homes in the last five years waived home inspections for financial reasons. Many who did so found themselves without potential recourse if their homes had major defects.

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