Do I need a home inspection? Knowledge is power. A home inspection is a cost-effective tool that gives you the power to negotiate, plan for and protect your most valuable asset. It’s the best, most cost effective way to get a thorough, generalized understanding of all the parts and systems of a home. Here’s when, and why, you should consider getting a home inspection:
1. Buying a Home.
Why wouldn’t you want to know as much as possible about a home you want to purchase? A home inspection report gives you the tools you need to negotiate the purchase and plan for future expenses. You’ll find out what’s working and what isn’t. You’ll understand the state of costly items like roof structures, electrical systems, HVAC, plumbing and foundation.
2. Selling a Home.
You may think you know everything about your home, but you’d be surprised how much can go unnoticed when we live in a home over time. Your potential buyer is going to hire a home inspector who will find things you had no idea about, and you may be on the hook for repairing or replacing some items before a contract can be signed. And once there is an official report, you’ll be required to hire a professional, when there may be things you could take care of yourself at much less cost. Save yourself time and money by having a pre-listing home inspection. You can make decisions ahead of time about what to repair or update and plan the cost benefits without a contract on the line.
3. Maintaining a Home.
If you’ve lived in your home for a few years, and plan to stay there awhile, you might consider a home maintenance inspection. Keep track of all the systems in your home. Catch minor problems before they become big ones. Manage normal wear and tear. Identify areas where your home could be more efficient. A home maintenance inspection helps you protect your investment.