Just because a seller states the home is sold “as-is” you will still need to have a home inspection done for YOU. I don’t care if the seller isn’t going to repair any problems and I am sure if they have had their real estate agent list the home “as-is” there are probably plenty. “AS-IS” really is a “legal term” that is over used in the remarks section of many real estate listings. “As-is” still must come with disclosures if the seller is aware.
Anyway, this isn’t about the seller, this is about you the buyer. If you find a home with “as-is” in the remarks section the seller is trying to tell you that they will not repair any item, so why would you pay to have an inspection done? Why would you shell out $300-$400 dollars on an inspection that only means something to you? THAT IS WHY! It will mean something to YOU!
I see the inspection like the “story of a home” and you need a place to start writing your chapter. Just imagine if the story is a murder mystery and really scary. Would you want to know the facts so you could solve the mystery or would you rather find them on your own? I myself would want some help because I am no NCIS agent. I don’t possess all the tools or the knowledge to be able to uncover all of the dark scary secrets of some homicides homes.
I also know from experience that when a seller receives an offer on their home that is listed “as-is” and you have an inspection and make a request on our Form 35R Inspection Response Form they just might say yes to a couple of items. Sure they can say no, and you can move along or accept their response knowing that you tried.
I have written offers for buyers on homes where the seller refuses to finish projects, refuses to fix items, and refuses to listen to requests from buyers. I wrote these offers still contingent on a home inspection. Just because you know a seller won’t repair any items you may not know all the items that need repair. You WILL have an inspection done so that you will have the facts. Once you have the facts you can decide to continue on to solve the mystery closing or you can pick out a different title with not as scary of a plot home that isn’t “as-is”.
Having the home inspection can start your story or end it. You can walk away during the inspection process without loosing your earnest money. Yes, you still need a home inspection!