Your Question: Do I REALLY Need an Inspection?
Professor Tate Answers:
That question is a common one among Buyers come offer time. Though we can’t tell you what to do, we must say that it’s never a bad idea to get your potential home inspected. There are a number of reasons why getting an inspection is a smart idea.
The most important reason for getting an inspection: It tells you what simply walking through the house cannot tell you. If there are any problems – minor and/or severe – the inspection will give you advance warning of them. Who wants to move into their new home only to find out later about the foundation problems, the water damage, or the mold they never saw?
The information the inspection gives you is of great benefit. With this information, you can do one of 3 things:
To have a good inspection, make sure you hire the right inspector! He should be licensed and certified by a reputable inspection agency, like the American Society of Home Inspectors. It’s a good idea to interview your potential inspector. If you’re unsure of what to ask him, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a list of “Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector” on their website (www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/insp/inspfaq.cfm):
Just imagine the stress and expense you can potentially avoid by having an inspection done! Home Inspections not only provide you with the problems, but they also tell you what needs to be done to solve the problem. Some may even give you an estimated cost to repair.
So what do you think – is it worth it?
You asked, now you know!
-Professor Reel S. Tate