The real estate market has some home buyers trying to decide if a home inspection is necessary. The short answer to that question is, YES! It’s never a good idea to skip this important step. This investment is too valuable. So go ahead and pay for the inspection. You can save alot of money in the long run if you do.
During a home inspection, a qualified home inspector will take an in-depth look at the physical systems and essential components of a home, and evaluate them for soundness and quality. Curious about what the most common culprits are in a home inspection? Here’s a quick list.
- Roof and gutter issues (leaks, damaged/clogged gutters, etc.)
- Faulty wiring/electrical problems
- Poor grading or drainage around the home
- Dampness or mold/mildew in basements
- Cosmetic wear and tear (peeling wallpaper, dirty/damaged carpets, cracked driveways/walkways, etc)
- Plumbing issues such as leaks, clogged drains, poor flow
- Inadequate ventilation or insulation
- HVAC problems
Depending on the home, none, one, or all of these issues could be present. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, don’t panic – most home inspection findings are not deal-breakers. They will simply require you to negotiate a proper rate for the home, based on what the home inspector uncovers.