Updated: May 21
It is easy to get overwhelmed by excitement when you finally find the home of your dreams or your next investment. After all, it’s been a long search in getting all your requirements to match. Neighborhood, layout, conveniences, and style - they are all finally lining up! All you’d like to do is finalize things and move forward. Exciting!
At this point, you may consider it tempting not to heap another $250 - $350 onto the final costs. A tiny voice may even be convincing you to deal with any possible defects later. Trust and hope plays against you as you try to persuade yourself that the extra expense is overrated.
This is where you really should stop and reflect on why having a home inspection is not only advisable but necessary.
Why have a home inspection?
The wise thing would be to get a thorough view of what you are about to commit to, financially as well as emotionally.
Your home is essentially your place of solace. Imagine, after buying, finding an underlying defect that the seller may not even have been aware of. It could be huge. You really do not need an unexpected and expensive surprise any time in life, so why risk it with your home?
An inspection enables you to make an informed decision, based on facts and figures. It allows a look into the future, giving you a scope of expected maintenance and repair issues. It completes the picture, adding a realistic side to it. It empowers you with room for negotiation, or even to end a deal you find will not be mutually beneficial.
Investments are not built on hope. Accurate information, in this case, ensures a sound decision. Remember that the inspection will help the seller as well. They get to have peace of mind when matters are settled. They can rest assured that no legal action will follow as a result of any defect they may not have known about.
A favorable report should also not be viewed as a waste of money. Consider factors such as your contentment, better insurance rates and basically a confirmation of your good sense.
What to expect from a home inspection
Professional inspection companies will make this process as non-invasive, informative and accommodating as possible. They need to be upfront about the scope of their inspection as well as restrictions and exclusions of services offered.
An inspection entails structural, as well as the running systems in the house. They should cover the following:
The soundness of the main structure
The condition of roofing, outbuildings (such as the garage), interior as well as exterior components of the home
All running systems, like the plumbing, heating, electrical, insulation & ventilation
The pool’s structure and running systems
The working condition of all appliances
A professional inspector will give an unbiased report based on the positive and the negative aspects found in the inspection. Rather than just a list of aspects, it should detail:
The condition of the house and all inspected components
Expected immediate or future failures
A forecast of recommended actions
Instead of being wary of an inspection, be involved. Attend the inspection. Ask questions and get well acquainted with your new home. This way you will have a good idea of the condition and the elements of your purchase. Should you consider modifications or additions in the future, you will not be unrealistic about them.
For the past few years, we have successfully recommended the team at GoPro home inspections. Not only do they fulfill all the requirements of dependable home inspections, but they adhere to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice (SOP). You can expect a personal and detailed experience and a completely honest report, which gives you the peace of mind that you are making the right move. Schedule your free investment consultation today.