A home inspection is a wise investment indeed. Failure to have a home inspected when you are making a purchase can be a very foolish move. We all make mistakes, but this is one mistake you don’t want to make. The purchase of a home, whether this is your first one or not, is a major investment. An inspection shows you what needs to be done to the property and can alert you to problem areas that might make you pass on making an offer.
A home inspection can also help you make demands to the seller, and it can certainly help you formulate an offer. Have you seen an inspection checklist? If this isn’t your first property purchase, you have hopefully seen an inspection report. Some items on the inspection might be issues you clear up before closing. Other items might be issues that you handle yourself after closing but build in to the offer you make.
Let’s say that you have a home inspected that has plumbing issues. You would want to know exactly what’s wrong and how much it’s going to cost to make the repairs. What about water damage? You would want to know if there is water damage. An inspector is going to check for just about everything. It is important to know what’s on the list and what’s not on the list. That way you know what to expect based on your investment in an inspection report.
Don’t just roll with a seller’s inspection report that is previously on file. You want to have your own inspection done. Yes, it adds to the cost of your purchase, but it’s a wise investment as mentioned. If you choose not to make the investment, you could end up spending a ton of money to make repairs that you were unaware of when you purchased the property.