Buying a home is an exciting time. Don’t get swept up in the excitement that you lose your marbles when it comes to having a home inspection. I have seen it time and again, a buyer falls in love with a property and they don’t want to spend a couple of hundred dollars for a home inspection because to them the house “looked great”! The purpose of the home inspection is to check the items you don’t see when doing a walk-through. The foundation, chimney (if it has a fireplace), the roof, heating, and A/C units age and functionality, the plumbing, electricity, etc. A home inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run.
A home inspection can also give you negotiating power or allow you to have the sellers make the necessary repairs BEFORE going to closing. The cost of a home inspection ranges between $300 - $500.00 but may prove to be invaluable if it turns up any major problems.
When choosing a home inspector, be sure and ask your realtor for companies that they have used before and compare apples to apples. This is your biggest investment, don’t be afraid to ask questions.