A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home’s physical structure and systems of a house (from the roof to the foundation) at the time of the inspection and is often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training, licenses and/or certifications to perform such inspections.
Buying a home could be your largest single investment you’ll ever make. The home inspection will help to minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected costs and will allow you to learn as much as you can about the property before you purchase it. The inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to help keep it in good shape.
During the home inspection process, keep in mind that every house is going to have issues. Once you know about the issues, repairs and potential problems, it is then up to you to decide whether you want to negotiate the home inspection contingency or decide on another home.
It’s important to have a home inspector for a variety of reasons:
- Knowledge – A home inspection allows to to know what you’re buying.
- Peace of Mind – This knowledge helps you to make a sound buying decision.
- Fewer Surprises – The home inspection can limit post-closing problems. If an issue is uncovered during the inspection, this is the time to negotiate with seller to have them pay for any repairs.
- Education – By attending the inspection, you can learn a lot about your new home, such as the main systems, water shut off, where to change the air filter, and just basic information you’ll want to know.
After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make your home buying decisions with confidence.