Buying a home is exciting and you’ll make some important decisions along the way. One such decision will be whether to order a home inspection.  A home inspection will help you identify issues with a home before buying and often will save you money in the long run. It also serves as a contingency to back out of the contract if the home inspection finds significant problems. Learn why buyers need a home inspection so you can protect your investment.

Buyers Need a Home Inspection to Learn About the Home’s Safety

Home inspectors can test for safety issues like radon and mold. The inspector will also look at other components, like the electrical and plumbing systems, to ensure they’re working correctly. A home inspector offers an unbiased opinion on the house’s condition.

The inspection can determine whether any rooms were constructed without a legal permit. Un-permitted additions to the home affect the insurance, usability, taxes, and overall value. If you’re buying something that does not legally exist, it becomes your financial problem to fix.

Identify Future Costs

A home inspector will assess the age of major home systems like heating, cooling, plumbing, and water heaters. They also inspect the structure’s current condition and approximate how long finishes have been in the home. This will help you determine when some items will require replacement. It will also help you plan for the cost of replacing them and the type of home insurance coverage and warranties to consider.

Buyers Need a Home Inspection as a Negotiating Tool

A home inspection report offers a chance to ask for repairs and negotiate for a price reduction. A realtor will help you request a better deal based on the inspection results. It also allows you to spot deal-breakers. The home inspection will give you an idea of how much money and work you’ll have to put into the home if you buy it. Major issues may cause you to change your mind about purchasing the house.

Protect Your Investment

The home inspection report is a great resource. Additionally, the home inspector can suggest essential tips on maintaining your home. You also get to see the bigger picture and details on issues that may turn into problems down the road.

Finally, another reason for a home inspection is that it will give the peace of mind. You’ll have a full understanding of the home’s condition before taking ownership of the property.

Some homebuyers choose to forego a home inspection, mistakenly believing that anything significant will be obvious at first glance. It is worth spending a small fee for this important service. A home inspector is a licensed and experienced professional whose detailed reports can be used to negotiate for a better deal.

Veterans First Home Inspections provides inspection services to the National Capital Region. Contact us to schedule an appointment.