There are several steps to the home purchasing process that simply cannot be skipped, and among these are home inspections. You may think you’ve got a handle on all the areas you’d want inspected in your new home, but unless you’re a trained professional, you’re almost guaranteed to miss a few vital details.
At Aerolite Consulting, our home inspections are carried out by professionals with decades of combined experience in the field. They also include elements like lead, asbestos and meth testing – services you won’t find in most standard inspections. Here’s a look at the key reasons why you should never skip a home inspection for a new property.
A quality inspection can reveal vital information about a home, and make the buyer aware of additional costs. If you aren’t comfortable with some of these, this generally presents one last chance for you to back out of an offer to buy.
Home inspections can reveal numerous safety issues, from mold to carbon monoxide. This is even more valuable if you’re buying “as-is” for a foreclosed property or short sale – these kinds of properties are even more likely to have developed hazardous issues.
In many cases, the home inspection provides an opportunity for you as a buyer to request a price reduction, or ask for repairs from the seller. Work with your realtor to understand how you might be able to get a better deal.
A home inspector can help you forecast certain future costs, including plumbing, heating, cooling and equipment like water heaters. They can tell you about shelf lives, and help you understand what kind of budgeting decisions and insurance you may need moving forward.
Some insurance companies simply will not insure a home if certain negative conditions are found, or without the presence of certified inspection.
Our home inspectors can be a valuable educational resource. They can offer specific tips on how to maintain the home, and in many cases, they’ll help save you thousands in the long run – far more than you’ll pay for the inspection itself.