The purchase of a home is probably the largest
single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about
the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you
buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.
Of course, a home inspection also points out the
positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary
to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer
understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
The True Value of a Home Inspection
Perhaps the greatest value of a thorough
professional home inspection is the peace of mind that comes from having a
skilled and objective professional examine the property for those faults or
problems that, if undiscovered, could result in huge repair or replacement
costs that would impact so unfavorably on the purchase price and spoil the
pleasure of closing on the deal. A professional home inspection improves the
odds of a successful purchase, but it is not designed to eliminate all risk.
The modest fee for an inspection is far smaller than the premium an insurance
company would charge for a policy with no deductible, no limit and an
indefinite policy period. It would also not include the value added by the
inspection. Truly, you get what you pay for, and a professional home inspection
is the best buy in town.