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Home Inspection Tips for BuyersYou have found your dream home and your offer was accepted. Now what? It’s on to inspections! The inspection is an important part of the home-buying process. By partnering with an experienced inspector, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the state of the home you are purchasing to ensure you’re making a sound investment.

We often work with Legacy Home Inspections. The company is the largest inspection company in the Kansas City area, and guarantees to conduct your inspection within 48 hours of contact to keep the buying process moving forward.

“If I could give a home buyer one piece of advice prior to inspection, it would be to accept the fact that all homes have issues, regardless of their age or price-point,” explained Robert Ladd, certified property inspector and owner of Legacy Home Inspections. “And don’t let the minor defects (minor cracks in foundation, interior walls, garage floor, basement floor, etc.) cause undue concern. The majority of problems we uncover in an inspection can be easily remedied or are just byproducts of an aging home.”

For those of you purchasing new construction, the company offers both limited scope and full scope inspections. Limited scope is limited to the major systems of a home – the roof, foundation, walls, utilities, electrical and plumbing. A full scope inspection covers all systems. And if you’re buying a home “as is,” the inspection is the same as any other home, but the inspector can help you identify which defects are purely cosmetic and those in need of repair. to Expect When It’s Time to Inspect …

Generally speaking, in addition to the traditional home inspection, most lenders require a termite inspection, unless you are paying cash. Here are a few more points from Legacy you might consider as a buyer at inspection:

  • If the fireplace has been used to burn wood, the company recommends having the chimney cleaned and inspected if it hasn’t not been done in the past 36 months;
  • If the home is more than 40 years old and has large trees in the front yard, it’s a good idea to have the sewer lines inspected, as most are lines made of clay and will begin to break down with age or may be damaged due to tree roots; and
  • If the home does not have a radon mitigation system in place, Legacy Home Inspections recommends that analysis as well. The EPA designates Kansas City as belonging to the “hot” zone, meaning 60% of all homes will have elevated levels.

“Our job is to identify active and latent defects in your home that could cost you money long-term or actually be life-threatening,” added Robert. “Your safety and peace of mind are our top objectives.”

As part of the process, Legacy Home Inspections takes quite a few photographs during an inspection, then loads them onto a laptop to review one at a time with the buyer immediately following the inspection. A complete report will follow the same-day or next-day, but you will see everything of importance before leaving the home.

Choosing an Inspector

There are many home inspection services available across the Kansas City community. If you’re considering Legacy Home Inspections for your needs, it’s worth mentioning that it’s the only company in town that does not charge for thermal imaging – a technology that can identify moisture issues, insulation gaps and more. Legacy also gives a buyer’s safety kit to each client, consisting of a carbon monoxide detector, outlet tester and 600-page Home Depot book on home improvement. This is all included in the inspection fee of $299 for homes under 3,000 square feet. You can reach Legacy Home Inspections at 913.484.4157 or online at

As buyer’s and seller’s agents who work across both sides of the state line, we have a great deal of inspection experience as well. Here’s a link to a blog we published a while back with an overview of the process and a few tips we’ve picked up along the way. If you’re preparing for an inspection and have questions – reach out to one of us. We’re always happy to help in any way we can!

Taking ownership of your new home is super exciting! But first, comes closing time. So, start warming up your signing hand. It’ll get quite a workout, but in the end you’ll be rewarded with your shiny new set of keys! Watch this video from featuring Elizabeth Banks for an idea of what to expect as you prepare to close.

Yay, you! You’re ready to make an offer. We’ll work with you to prepare the offer sheet and present it to the owner on your behalf. From there, we’ll manage negotiations, inspections – the whole shebang. This video from featuring Elizabeth Banks gives you a quick idea of what to expect. Watch it then contact us to get things moving toward your next real estate purchase!

What are your main requirements? What specific features are you looking for? Check out this short video from featuring Elizabeth Banks that gives a quick overview of the search process. And remember, we’re always here to help you learn as much as possible about each property. So, go ahead and enjoy those Open House snacks and refreshments! We’ve got you covered.

Back to the question of how much you can afford. Unless you have a boatload of cash under your bed, you will need a competitive loan to buy your next home. Get a quick overview of mortgage lending in this video from featuring Elizabeth Banks.

Understanding the home buying process puts you one step closer to making your next real estate investment. And getting pre-approved is huge. Get that letter and hold on tight!