Question: Do I really need to spend money on a home inspection?
Answer: In short the answer is Yes. Even for a home that looks perfect and is beautifully presented. And, Yes – even for a home that is brand spanking new.
Why? Well, because a house should be through of as a unique set of systems and parts. It’s more than the ‘personality’ you fell in love with. It’s more like a spouse, you’re committing to live with. As with matters of the heart, the first blush will fade over time. When the inevitable reveal occurs (worts and all), housing matters can be extremely expensive to correct.
Home Inspectors are trained to inspect major systems such as heating and air conditioning as well as the condition of the structure, roof, plumbing and electrical system. If you have a chimney, they will peer into it and inspect it or advise you to contract with a specialist. They’re also trained to look for evidence of infestation of all sorts of creepy crawlers, ants and mice. Some types of mortgages will require a pest inspection for termites, which by the way are surprisingly common in West Michigan.
Then there’s the gas thing – Radon testing has become increasingly common in West Michigan. Radon is an odorless gas that can kill – yes, Kill YOU if it is undetected. So can carbon monoxide coming from an improperly functioning furnace.
Mold is another issue which can be dangerous if it is of a certain variety, and it’s always important to determine the source of the water penetration and correct that!
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. I highly recommend investing in the services of a qualified home inspector. Preferably someone who is impartial and not related to you – parents and friends may mean well, but they rarely have the experience necessary to provide an unbiased opinion on an investment which is likely to be the biggest one you’ll make at any one time in this lifetime.
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.