Do I Need A Home Inspection To Buy A House?
Yes, most definitely! You will never hear us say…”Don’t bother with a home inspection“, and if you ever do…we have gone crazy, so run, save yourselves!
Part of the responsibility of purchasing a home whether it is your first or your last is to do your due diligence and find out every thing you can about the property before you decide to buy it. One part of this due diligence is a home inspection.
A professional home inspector will help you ” kick the tires” and poke around the house to make sure all is as it should be once you take the rose colored glasses off.
This will be your opportunity to check behind the curtains, under the hood, and all the other clichés’ and really determine how sound the home is. Your inspector should be checking all the electrical outlets, the plumbing (that’s a biggy), heating and air conditioning,
peering into the attic to make sure the roof is sound., exploring the basement (unless there IS no basement, then that would be dumb) to check out water leaks. Your inspector should check out the sprinkling system, the faucets, the oven, the dishwasher, and any other appliance that is negotiated in the purchase contract.
What checking all these things will accomplish is this….
- You will find out the problems that exist with the home and then, with your agent , negotiate any repairs that are needed.
- You will also find out any potential problems so that you can be prepared for the future.
- You will find out the maintenance that needs to be performed on a regular basis to keep your new home running smooth!
Who should you get to do an inspection? There are lots of companies with professional inspectors to help you with this. These professionals will do an inspection and give you a full written report of what they find. A professional home inspection will run you from $300-400 for an average size home, a little less for a town home or condo.
You can also opt for a trusted friend or relative that is a contractor or in the building industry. The good thing is it will probably cost you less. The bad thing is in our
experience they miss the important stuff (like whether the furnace is fit or needs to be green stickered) and concentrate on things that are usually beyond scope of what a home inspection is supposed to be (like wanting all the plugs moved in the finished basement because they were too far apart….true story!)
Anyway, if you want your home purchase to go smoothly and have no regrets when you move in…..Get A Home Inspection! For more information on this, or if you need a recommendation on who to call, drop us an email at [email protected], or give us a call or text (we are Tech savy you know) at 801.819.9005 we have several inspectors we have worked with and are happy to recommend.