Respect your Right to a Home Inspection


inspeThinking of buying a new home? The process of buying (and selling) a home can be very stressful. Beyond actually finding a home you would like to call your own, there is also paperwork, realtor’s fees, mortgage brokers – and that’s just the legal side of things! So if you can cut out a step, say, an optional home inspection, that wouldn’t be so bad, would it?

Wrong.

A pre-purchase home inspection is one of the most important things you can do when buying a new home. While waiving your right to an inspection may speed up the sale process, buying a home without giving it a thorough vetting means you are taking on all of the invisible problems this house is hiding. Worse, you have no idea what you are getting yourself and your family into until the first problem arises.

An experienced home owner may be able to spot certain issues, but a home inspector is trained to go over your home with a fine-toothed comb. When you have an inspector look at your potential new home, you are not only having them look at the house in its current state – a good home inspector can tell you about issues that could also arise in the near future. Just because the roof is holding up right now doesn’t mean that it will in two years’ time! The inspector will not only look at the structure and overall health of the home but will also perform analysis on your HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems to make sure there are no serious troubles.

A home inspection is relatively inexpensive, only takes a couple hours and can save a new homeowner a lot of headaches down the road. It can be tempting to take a house on face value, especially if there are other offers waiting in the wings, but it can cost you. The last thing you want on move-in day is buyer’s remorse.

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