Question: Is it really necessary to Hire an Inspector to inspect the home I want to buy?
Answer: Short answer is YES! Long answer is as follows:
Purchasing a home is the largest financial investment that most Americans will every make. That fact alone should give us pause about moving forward without due diligence. Most of us don’t buy a car without ‘looking under the hood.’ Why would we consider buying an investment which costs many multiples of the price we’d pay for a car without having an additional pair of professional eyes reviewing the deal.
Home inspectors are trained to look for details about a home which you may be ignorant about or may have missed in your excitement about the prospect of owing your new home. They can be an objective source of information about potential repairs or hazards. In addition, a good home inspection will provide a lot of information about how to care for your home when you are the new owner. A home inspection will give you vital details about the major structural components of your home as well as inspect the appliances, electrical service, plumbing, heating and history of infestation. Other inspections may include testing for radon, mold and well/septic tests.
When you inspect a home, BEFORE you purchase it, you’re more likely to be able to negotiate for repairs with the owner. That’s real money which doesn’t leave your pocket. What’s not to love?
About the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions Series)
This series is designed to answer questions that we hear clients asking over and over again. Perhaps, you’ve wondered about some of these questions yourself. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive explanation on the subject being discussed, it is our hope that these short blogs will provide helpful insights and may encourage you to explore further. Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions.