I recommend 100% of the time that my home buyers obtain a home inspection as soon as possible once they contract to buy a particular home. Why? Because a licensed inspector has ZERO emotional attachment / financial interest in the home. They’re a highly-trained, impartial party who looks for clues and gives a report based upon their training and expertise.
The inspection process examines key components and systems of a home which sometimes have hidden flaws and may be expensive to repair. If the issues are discovered early in the contract phase, they can often be repaired and/or sales price concessions can be negotiated as compensation for the issues.
Some of the major areas reviewed by an inspector are: roof, foundation, appliances, HVAC system, plumbing, electrical, windows, etc. If a specialist is needed for an additional assessment, their report will recommend that (for example, if there is evidence of potential foundation issues, the inspector will recommend that a foundation specialist or structural engineer perform further evaluation).
Since a home inspection is usually just a few hundred dollars and you’re in the process of making one of the largest purchases of your life, please don’t cut corners on this important due diligence step in the purchase process.
Within my network are amazing inspectors who do excellent work for my clients every day! Let me know if you’d like a referral to one of them.
Have a productive week, everyone!