why do i need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you should learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs, builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a clearer understanding of the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
what does it include?
The standard home inspector's report will review the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceiling, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structure.
why can't i do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail and knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property.
Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.