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Do We Really Need the Home Inspection

Posted: May 01, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Anna Jotham

My husband and I are getting ready to buy our first home and money is tight. Do we really need the home inspection? It seems like a lot of money.


No matter what, get that home inspection.

You didn’t marry your husband without having him thoroughly inspected by experts, right? Oh, you did…well, learn your lesson and get an expert to take a close look at your home before you commit this time.

Home inspections are an industry standard. They can save you from a pile of future problems, which could range from real safety issues to minor inconveniences. More importantly, paying for an inspection at the get-go can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. An inspector will spend hours at the home, and you’re welcome to join the tour and ask questions along the way. They will boldly go where no one has gone before; while hopefully they won’t encounter new life or new civilizations in the walls or crawl spaces of your potential new home, it’s been known to happen.

Ask any home inspector to share a few horror stories. Then, make yourself a nice cup of tea and get comfortable. Because their job is to explore every nook and cranny to ensure your potential new home is safe, they see their share of unlikely situations. Attics have proven host to busy hornet nests or bat colonies and crawl spaces have yielded their fair share of snakes.

Most homeowners avoid hanging out in the dark depths of these spaces, and home inspectors have been the heroes in helping buyers avoid inheriting all kinds of extra company: raccoons in the chimney, rats in the pipes…you name the critter, it has been discovered in places it doesn’t belong. But beyond the creepy and the crawly, or furry, or chompy, your new home comes with a million parts and pieces that need a close examination.

Since the inspection takes place prior to closing, it gives you all the information you need in order to feel confident about the largest purchase you’ll likely ever make. If you find something that concerns you, you may ask the seller to correct it, but if you’re buying a used home, you should not expect perfection. If the inspector does find a major issue, you may want to bring in other licensed professionals to take a closer look.

The bottom line is that a home inspection gives you more insight into your purchase. Think of it as reading and reviewing the owner’s manual before purchase. It’s well worth the small investment up front. 

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