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Home Inspections:

Why You Need a Home Inspection

There are many costs in purchasing a home but one of the most important and the least expensive cost is a home inspection. Foregoing an inspection may lead to repairs 10 times more than the cost of the inspection.

So what is a home inspection….. a home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this, combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do? Relax. 

Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy of various systems and components, and noting minor imperfections. These are useful to know about.  However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

    • major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure;
    • things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example;
    • things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home;
    • and safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective.