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Why You Need a Home Inspection Before Buying

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Buying a home is a long, exciting process with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Prospective buyers may be tempted to forgo a home inspection as an unnecessary expense when they’re already spending quite a bit of money, but home inspections should be considered a vital part of the buying process, as it can highlight even more potential costs down the road.

The Benefits of Home Inspections

Home inspections can present many opportunities for potential homeowners to narrow down whether or not the home will be a good investment. 

Protection Against Unexpected Repair Costs

Do you know the phrase, “forewarned is forearmed?” Inspections can help you go in prepared to deal with problems like water damage or other forms of damage that you will have to deal with immediately upon moving into your new home. Alternatively, it can reveal damage that may be a bridge too far for your wallet, and in that case, save you the future expense of costly repairs. Discovering deal-breaking repairs or maintenance is an important part of the home buying process, and home inspections help you get as thorough a view of the situation as possible. 

Professional home inspectors are also able to estimate the age of a home’s HVAC, plumbing and water heating systems. Nothing installed in a home can last forever, so home inspectors will be able to tell you whether you’ll need to replace these systems relatively quickly. Alternately, inspectors could tell you the home is in great condition, especially if it’s made with materials that are built to last. But it is always better to know exactly what you’re dealing with when it comes to an investment as huge as a home.  

Highlighting Dangerous Problems

Home inspections can bring to light problems you may not have otherwise spotted like harmful mold and carbon monoxide issues. This is especially important to note if you’re considering buying a home that was foreclosed on, as often they are boarded up and left in conditions that can foster mold growth. It’s crucial you find this out ahead of time to decide if that’s an expense you’re prepared to take on. 

Potential Savings When Buying

With the home inspector’s report, you’ll be able to go back to the realtor and potentially negotiate home repairs before you buy or a price reduction based on their findings. It’s worth discussing this in advance with the inspector and any other sources you may have, so that you can go fully informed to the bargaining table. 

Forecast Your Expected Renovation Costs

Many homeowners add new siding and other interior or exterior changes fairly quickly after purchasing their new home. With a home inspection in place, you’ll be able to more accurately tally the renovation costs before you spend a single cent. 

Renovation in Your Future?

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