A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the universal condition of a home. It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs. Even if you think you have found a “dream home”, it is a home inspector’s responsibility to let you know that your “dream home” may not be just right.
A home inspection is important is that it can be used as a contingency in your purchase offer. This contingency provides that if significant defects are revealed by a home inspection, you can back out of your offer, free of penalty, within a certain time frame. The potential problems a home can have must be pretty serious if they could allow you to walk away from such a significant purchase. The home inspection is your chance to avoid those problems—or, at least, use the results to negotiate with the seller to pay for repairs.
You can have the comfort of knowing a professional inspector is truly working for you. Many other people involved in the sale of a property have a vested interest in the sale via their commission, but inspectors’ only obligation is to the buyer of the home.
A typical inspection starts at the roof and ends at the foundation, with stops in between at every major house system (plumbing, electrical, heating) Don’t skip inspections on new construction. Just because something’s new doesn’t mean it’s flawless.