Don’t think you need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it with a home inspection.
A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the home inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
Here are the most common home inspection myths:
- You can spot out any problems yourself – Not necessarily! Unless you have the same experience a well-qualified home inspector has, hire one! They have seen hundreds even thousands of homes and know exactly what to look for. They can also tell you quick fix tricks and if it looks like someone is trying to cover up any issues.
- You have a family member that can do it – Even if your brother, father or son have the same building experience as an inspector, do they have the expertise required to do a thorough home inspection investigation? If he misses a major problem with the home that ends up costing you thousands down the road, will it create hard feelings?
- You’ve already fallen in love with the home – Rule number one: Don’t get emotionally attached! An inspector will give you the facts you need to know before you make one of the largest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime.
- I don’t mind dealing with any issues that come up later down the road – Are you sure? An inspection will uncover any safety issues that will help you prioritize repairs. It is better to go into a large transaction like this with your eyes wide open.
- I don’t need a home inspection because the house is brand new – Unfortunately new construction isn’t always problem free! No matter how old or new the house is, get an inspection.