Home Inspections: What You Need to Know

Getting a home inspection is a very important part of the homebuying process. With the competitive nature of the market lately, many buyers are opting out of getting an inspection in an effort to present a superior offer to sellers, as an inspection is not mandatory when obtaining a mortgage. While this may be more tempting to those reviewing their offers, it may not benefit the next owners of the home in the long run. Here’s what you need to know about home inspections and why you should get one if you’re in the market to buy a new home.


What is a home inspection? – A home inspection is an evaluation of the current condition of a home’s structure and its systems. It is conducted by a certified inspector, who will check the home for issues with its walls, flooring, windows, doors, etc. They will also ensure that the home’s operating systems (electricity, heating and cooling, fire/carbon monoxide alarms) are up to code and are working correctly. After conducting the inspection, the inspector will write up a summary of their findings to give the potential buyer a better idea of the condition of the home.

What are the benefits of a home inspection? – Getting a home inspection is a good idea to help potential buyers identify potential issues with the home they are thinking about buying, which can make the decision of whether to purchase the home a lot easier. It will help the potential buyers determine what kinds of additional costs and labor are required to improve the home and if it’s worth buying. It should be noted that inspectors don’t check for major issues like mold, asbestos, or radon, so additional tests will need to be conducted to detect those problems.

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