I see this all the time. Homebuyers make offers that are not inspection contingent. In a multiple offer situation, an offer without an inspection on a little old St. Paul house might appeal to the sellers.
When I represent home buyers I do not support the decision to forgo the inspection. The buyers could end up with a house that needs expensive repairs and at the very least they need to understand the property they are buying. Skipping the inspection on a 100-year-old house is done out of desperation.
Buyer inspections can give sellers some protection from claims of hidden defects. If there is a leak under a sink that the seller doesn’t know about and that isn’t disclosed the inspector should find it. The city required Truth in Housing Inspection is somewhat helpful but not as thorough as a buyers inspection.
Home sellers and their agents should be careful about what they say when it comes to inspections. It may actually be against the law to reject an offer because the buyer asked for a lead paint inspection.
If sellers and buyers remove an inspection contingency during negotiations and if something goes wrong with the house later sellers could be accused of hiding something.
The buyer’s inspection is an important part of the home buying process. Sellers have the option of having the house inspected and making a copy of that inspection available for buyers. Sellers can also state that they will not make any repairs and inspection periods can be shortened.
Buying a house without having it inspected is not a good idea.
Also see: St. Paul homes have lead paint