It’s been said that purchasing a home is the single most important investment that anyone can make. Having said that, it is important to do all you can to make sure that you are making the right investment. A home inspection is one way to get it right from the very start.
Peace of Mind
Knowing what lies behind the walls of an otherwise beautiful home will give you the peace of mind. Once your prospective home has been inspected and given the all clear you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re investing in a sound home.
Professional home inspections cost a few hundred dollars, but that is just a drop in the bucket when compared to the potential problems that an inspection could unearth. Failing to do the inspection can cost you thousands of dollars in upgrades and repairs once you purchase the home.
Home inspectors have years of experience when it comes to home construction. During and after the inspection, you can pick up tons of valuable tips for maintaining your new home.
Identify Potential Problems with Pests
Rats, roaches, and termites are not only a nuisance; they can destroy the walls and foundation of your home. The problem with these pests is that they’re not always visible on the surface. Behind the walls and under the structure they could be doing serious damage to a beautiful home. Save yourself thousands of dollars in repairs by identifying any potential pests early.
Trained inspectors will easily pick up damage to the structure of the home. You’ll want to ensure that your potential investment is on a solid foundation because it will cost you more than you planned.
Skipping a home inspection is risky for your financial status, but it is also risky for your life and health as well. Make a safe and sound investment by having a home inspector check the electrical system and plumbing for leaks which could develop into a serious problem with mold.
The Power To Negotiate
The agreement to purchase must be based the results of a home inspection. If there are problems identified in the home inspection you can negotiate the price of the home down, or have the seller take care of the problems before completing the sale.
The Information To Walk Away
Sometimes the problems uncovered during a home inspection can be more than you’re willing to deal with. Once you’re in the know you can decide whether you want to deal with problems or just walk away from the home.
Understand And Budget for Future Costs
A home inspection may not necessarily fail a home, but identify repairs that you’ll have to budget for some time in the future. Surprises are never good when you have a mortgage to pay.
Knowledge is Power
Some people purchase homes as an investment. An inspection would reveal how much of an investment the home is and give you a fair idea of your expected returns.