Buying a home is one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your life. As a home inspector, I know how tempting it can be to skip the home inspection to save a little money or time, especially in this high speed high cost current housing market. However, skipping a home inspection can be a risky move that can end up costing you much more in the long run. Here are some of the reasons why a home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process:
Uncover hidden issues
A home inspector can identify potential issues with the property that might not be immediately apparent to the untrained eye. These issues could include problems with the electrical wiring, plumbing, or the structure of the home. By identifying these issues early on, you can address them before they turn into major problems that require costly repairs.
Negotiate repairs or price
If the home inspection reveals issues with the property, you can use this information to negotiate repairs or a lower price with the seller. This can save you money and give you peace of mind knowing that you’re not overpaying for a property that requires significant repairs.
Understand the condition of the property
A home inspection report can give you a detailed understanding of the condition of the property you’re interested in purchasing. This information can help you make an informed decision about whether the property is the right fit for you and your family.
Plan for future maintenance
The home inspection report can also help you plan for future maintenance costs. When clients take advantage of the helpful summary reports, clear and descriptive images, and useful informative maintenance tips throughout the report, planning for future maintenance and repair feels less stressful and overwhelming. By understanding the condition of the property, you can anticipate any upcoming repairs or maintenance that might be required, allowing you to budget accordingly. Jo also goes the extra mile, adding helpful things like links to articles and blogs with tips and tricks for first time home buyers or new homeowners. Whenever applicable she incorporates information about life and safety hazards such as Asbestos materials, lead paint and Radon gas.
The home inspection report can also help you plan for future maintenance costs. By understanding the condition of the property, you can anticipate any upcoming repairs or maintenance that might be required, allowing you to budget accordingly.
Meet lender requirements
Many lenders require a home inspection as part of the mortgage approval process, and many homeowners are unaware that simple things like, the brand of electrical panel in your home, can seriously restrict the home lending and home insurance process. Skipping a home inspection could mean that you’re unable to secure financing for your new home, or unable to find affordable insurance because of a seemingly small issue that could have been raised by the home inspector and noted by the lender, agent or insurance company before the closing of the house.
In conclusion, a home inspection is a vital step in the home buying process that can save you money, help you make an informed decision, and give you peace of mind. As a new home inspector, I highly recommend that you schedule a home inspection before making an offer on a property. Contact me at 708.808.6125 to schedule a home inspection today.