Pitfalls Of Buying A Home Without An Inspection

Buying a home without an inspection in this crazy real estate market

The pitfalls of buying a home without an inspection often include having water treatment systems installed already and not understanding its function. In today’s market, the time it takes to ask for an inspection could impact whether you win the house. The difference between getting your dream home or getting passed over could be whether you request an inspection. Typically, some unsavory contaminants were already found in the water, so the water treatment system was installed. A portion of a home inspection inspects the water supply using a third-party lab to analyze the untreated water. Unfortunately, in this crazy real estate market, many opt to buy right away to secure a home. Then deal with the water issues later.

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You’ve won the house, now what does that water treatment system do?

In the last couple of years, we have had a lot of calls from new homeowners asking about their well water. After buying a home without an inspection or information on how the water treatment system performs, they need help. The questions remain, what does the water treatment system do, and how is it maintained? New homeowners often call FONTUS for a comprehensive water test to determine if there is something in their well water. Or to determine how efficiently their current water treatment system is operating. Many new homeowners are surprised that the water treatment required for remediation can be expensive. A new homeowner is often shocked by the lost opportunity that could have been negotiated into the sale.

FONTUS will gladly work with your realtor!

An excellent example is a young professional who had just purchased a home with an existing treatment system. The previous owners, who hadn’t even unpacked their boxes, called FONTUS for help with water treatment options. The husband was offered a dream job in another State, so they quickly put the house back on the market. Unfortunately, the water test found arsenic was 100 times over the EPA limit during an inspection. However, since they were selling, they didn’t want to install a whole-house system.

As part of our discussion with the listing agent, we suggested that the money from this installation could be negotiated. Similar to other major house systems, money is taken off the home price rather than installing new equipment before the sale. The new owner could pay the difference to get the whole house system rather than a system that did not treat all the water. The sellers chose to install a point-of-use system to treat just the water in the kitchen. Afterward, the water was tested again in a post-installation water test with satisfactory results.

When you need information now, call FONTUS!

There are so many components to a real estate transaction, and it’s unlikely you can give your full attention to each aspect. When you find yourself in a time crunch, simply send FONTUS a picture of the water treatment system equipment in the prospective home. We can help determine if the equipment in place is something that will work for you and your family. Then, of course, when you’ve purchased your dream home, give FONTUS a call. We’ll help alleviate the issues that come with the pitfalls of buying a home without an inspection.

FONTUS can help you make that quick real estate decision when needed

We are here to help make that aspect of the buying process effortless, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Even if only to discuss potential options in the future.


As a water treatment company, we get a lot of phone calls from concerned homeowners. The experts at FONTUS will provide a free immediate-response water test onsite for minerals. We can also correctly collect any state-certified samples needed for health-related contaminants. Then we send them to a state-certified Maine Lab for a comprehensive water test. This comprehensive test will test for Coliform Bacteria & E. coli, Nitrate, Nitrite, Fluoride, Chloride, Hardness, Copper, Iron, pH, Manganese, Sodium, Uranium, Lead, Arsenic, and Magnesium in your water. This test is an additional charge.


An immediate-response water test is a test done onsite, getting your results immediately. This test allows us to determine the levels of iron, manganese, hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, salinity are present in your water. You’ll have all your questions answered by the end of our appointment. And most importantly, you’ll have a plan in hand to make sure your water is clean and pure.

In short, taking control of your water supply is easy. Schedule your free immediate-response water test today. Call (207) 856-0066 or email to speak with the water treatment specialists at FONTUS Water Treatment.


At FONTUS, we’re passionate about water purity. We pride ourselves on being reliable, hassle-free, and always available. For example, as the environment and your water change, we’re here to help evaluate your water. You can trust FONTUS to ensure clean, pure water for your home or office through testing, installation, and maintenance.

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