Why a home inspection? Every home should be inspected. New homes, old homes, all can have potential issues that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. A home inspector is working for you to determine the condition of the house and systems before you invest monies into the purchase.
Remember that no house is perfect. The question you have to ask yourself is what do I do with the information that we as home inspectors find. In most cases it becomes a refrigerator list of things to do on the weekend such as paint exposed wood, caulk windows, etc. Sometimes we find a air conditioner that has failed that can cost up to $1500 to repair. Recently a foundation was so deteriorated that the estimate for repair was $5500. The buyer was able to get the priced reduced in this case to cover the repair. The few hundred dollars they paid us saved them thousands!
For Home Buyers, the purchase of a home can be a very emotion driven event. You want to hire an expert home inspector to make an unbiased objective opinion on the house your about to purchase.
For Home Sellers why put yourself in an adverse negotiating position? A buyer’s home inspection will uncover hidden problems after you’ve already accepted an offer. This could cost you thousands of dollars in a lower negotiated selling price. If you get a thorough home inspection before the home is listed you can either address the problems up front or disclose the concerns during the negotiations process.
Still not convinced. Check out my photo page to see what I have actually found in my inspections.