5 advantages of home inspections

Home inspectionGuest post by Bill Brown.

The single biggest investment you may have had to make in your life is quite possibly the purchase of a house. Home buying is such an important part of your whole existence that many consider it the cornerstone of living.

But when it’s time to move on, and people come knocking on your door looking to purchase your house, they are looking for one that is in tip top condition. To help make sure that your house is in great shape, homeowners and homebuyers alike should consider hiring an inspector to help judge the condition.

On the surface, a house’s condition could well be somewhat deceiving. It could give the impression of being okay but the walls of the structure could be hiding issues you may not notice right away. Home inspectors are qualified to recognize these types of problems. They have been trained to detect issues in a home right away and help buyers avoid unfortunate surprises before any deeds are signed.

Here are the advantages of getting a home inspected by a professional before purchase:

They give you warning signs:

 Home inspections are meant to let you know what could be a problem many years down the line with a new home that you buy. Any defects or safety concerns that are uncovered can then be dealt with sooner than later. At Seale plumbing an experienced inspector can help you find everything from a poorly installed sink to a hidden leaky pipe.

They pay for themselves

Imagine the amount of money you could save if you have the home inspected early. Poor construction and water leakages can all be fixed right before you put pen to paper and the deed changes hands. The money saved on costly repairs down the road would be much more than the amount you pay the inspector.

Sellers can fix stuff

Most home are well maintained. But as a seller, should there be something that needs to be fixed, there is value in getting issues dealt with before a home inspection. This way, you’re spared the headache of dealing with getting things fixed as you are preparing to move out.

You may get the house for less

 Home inspections potentially can give you an upper hand in negotiations. If you get a report about the house which points out issues, you could ask the buyer to lower the price of the house to cover for expenses you’ll have to deal with later.

Helps you think long term confidently

 A successful home inspection can also help a buyer judge the life expectancy of different parts of the house. The life of the roof, carpet and furnace are all evaluated and can help the buyer plan for future upgrades. With this knowledge, you also gain the confidence of knowing when you buy a house there is little chance for buyer’s remorse.

10 thoughts on “5 advantages of home inspections

  1. I like that a home inspection allows the potential buyers to make sure the house is in order before moving in. It would be awful for problems to arise after you have already bought the home. If the problems are spotted beforehand, it would be great to have the sellers take care of it! That way you won’t have to spend any extra cash!

  2. As a Certified Florida home inspector I have seen lots of homes during my inspections. The information in this article is very useful. It should make one appreciate and realize the value of getting a home inspected after you sign the contract to purchase it. Usually there are about 14 days for inspection. I never tell a client whether to buy or walk away from the purchase – my inspection reports give them a snapshot of the condition of the residence at the time of my inspection. Some clients are prepared to make improvements, others have been surprised to see the remodel they were ready to purchase was only skin deep – new paint and flooring. The rest of the house was original: Water heater, Heat pump, Electrical, Plumbing – were all in need of updates. Do not guess about your largest purchase ever – get it inspected!

  3. That’s a great point you make about how the money saved on costly repairs down the road would be much more than the amount I’d pay the inspector. I’ve heard that some home inspectors will do the inspection with you right at their side so that you can see, firsthand, the potential damages they’re talking about. I’ll have to keep these advantages in mind as I consider hiring an inspector for the home my wife and I are about to build.

  4. When considering a home inspection, I’ve always considered them to be a good tool in giving warning to potential home buyers. My wife and I are looking for a home currently. We had no idea that a home inspection could actually lower the cost of the home. That makes a home inspection an even better idea!

  5. Thanks for the great blog. In the writing it states that home inspections are meant to let you know what could be a problem many years down the line with a new home that you buy. A friend of mine is house hunting right now and was wondering if they should hire a home inspector. Being able to know about those potential issues could help my friend find a home that would give them less issues, and can easily stay comfortable in their home for years to come.

  6. I like how the article points out that a home inspection could actually pay for itself in the future. It states that the amount of money you can save on the initial price of a home by having it repaired before purchase will outweigh the cost of getting an inspection done. My wife and I are looking to move later this summer, so I’ll be sure to keep this in mind when looking to purchase a home.

  7. I agree, you can save yourself quite a pretty penny if you get the home inspection done early enough. After all, no one wants to buy a home and then have to pay more to get it fixed. Paying once for a home inspection and then deciding whether or not the house is worth buying can save you a ton of money.

  8. I like how you said that a home inspection can prepare you for problems that you could have in the future. This would be a really important thing to do before getting a house raising or moving your home to a new location. If you aren’t aware of how your home will hold up to the stress of being taken from one place to another it could be dangerous to the infrastructure. Before doing any kind of changes to your home it would definitely be a good idea to get it inspected first.

  9. I like how you said that getting a home inspection done early means that you could save lots of money on buying a home. We have a son in law and daughter who are looking at homes right now. Hopefully, they will do something like this to ensure that they get the best price possible.

  10. My friend just had a baby, so she and her husband are looking to buy their very first home. I love how you mentioned that getting potential homes inspected will help you know if a home is right for you, as you will know all it’s strengths and weaknesses. I’ll be certain to share this with my friend the next time we eat lunch.

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