Every one who has purchased a home, or has thought of buying a home, should know the reasons to have a home inspection. Most people will have the home inspected, but some won't. Maybe they think it is a waist of money, a waste of time or since the paint looks good how could anything else be wrong. This is a big mistake! Even brand new homes should be inspected. You would be surprised as to what inspectors find in brand new homes. Missing insulation, leaking pipes and windows and doors that don't function properly. It sounds unreal, but believe me from experience, these things happen. Here is a list of 5 reasons you should have the home you are about to buy inspected.
1. You and your families safety - Being a husband and father of three children, I know that my families safety is at the top of my list. You would not want to purchase a home, and find something as simple as a missing smoke detector or a trip hazard be what hurts one of your family members. These are items that are often overlooked when walking through homes you may purchase. Most people are thinking of where the TV is going to go, will the furniture fit and what type of flooring it has. Having a home inspection will bring safety concerns to the forefront, so you and your family will be safe. I do not know of a better reason to have a home inspection.
2. Biggest purchase of your life - For most home buyers, it will be the biggest purchase of their life. No one wants to buy a money pit, and having an inspection can help defend you against it. Many home buyers, and owners, do not have the savings account to cover the cost of a roof a year after they buy their home. Also, most home buyers do not check the roof of the home before they purchase it. Even if they did, would they know how to check the condition of the roof? Some may know how, but for the rest, please make this a reason to have a home inspection.
3. What you can't see - Walking through a prospective home can be an overwhelming feeling. You think about what it has and what it doesn't. Two places most home buyers do not look, are the attic and the crawlspace. These two areas are hidden from sight and often overlooked. Many home builders and home owners overlook these areas as well. Home inspectors know to look in these areas, and for good reason. They can be dark, dirty and when they are out of sight, they are out of mind. They could find leaks, missing insulation and/or rodents. These all could be problems that cost you several hundred, or even thousands, of dollars down the road if not caught. Finding out about what you can't see, is good reason to have a home inspection
4. Knowledge - Home inspectors are trained professionals, who are there to help you. Not only can they tell you about problems with a home, but they can also tell you how the systems work. Proper use and maintenance of the systems in your home can save you thousands of dollars. Something as simple as when to change a furnace filter can make a huge impact on your wallet. When the filter is not changed, the heating and cooling system work harder. The system will run longer than needed to heat and cool your house, since it is having a hard time blowing air through the dirty filter. This in turn puts extra strain on the system and can cause it to fail prematurely. Not only do you spend extra money to heat and cool your home, but now you have to buy a new furnace. Paying for a home inspection may cost you a little in the beginning, but the knowledge you get could save you money down the road.
5. Negotiations - Negotiations is another big reason to have a home inspection. The inspection report can give you leverage when at the negotiating table. Almost all the items in an inspection report are repairable, and you can use those costs to negotiate down the price of the home. You can also negotiate to have some items repaired before you buy the home, so you don't have to worry about getting them done yourself. You may find that the problems found during the inspection are not worth negotiating and the home is not worth the headache you foresee down the road. In that case, the inspection report should give you the opportunity to back out of the deal. Of course, the home inspection needs to be deemed a contingency to purchasing the home when you put in an offer.
Now that you know five good reasons to have a home inspection, what are you going to do? Many more reasons exist, but I hope this helps you decide to have an inspection and not pass it up. Make sure you know about the home you are going to buy. Keep your family safe and trust in a professional to give you an objective view of the home. A home inspector has not fallen in love with the home, and will give you all of his facts and findings to help you make a sound decision.
Do you know of any other reasons to get a home inspection?