An inspection buyers had done on a house the other day reminded me of how important inspections are, no matter how great the house looks. Many homes that have been updated have improvements and upgrades done by licensed roofers, plumbers, electricians, etc. Permits have been pulled, work has been inspected and the permits have been closed. However, there are also many properties that have had work done by handymen, miscellaneous relatives, or Tim Allenesque do-it-yourselfers. It is in the latter instance where a home inspection really pays off. As a buyer, you want to make sure you are paying for real upgrades and improvements, not what in Spanish we call “pura pinta”, which basically translates into just the paint. If your are a buyer, ALWAYS, get an inspection. As a homeowner, make sure you have the work done properly. What turns out cheap today, may come back to bite you when you decide to sell.