Are you purchasing a new home and thinking about skipping the home inspection? While this may be tempting to do in order to appeal to the sellers, we do not recommend skipping this extremely important step.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of the condition of a home. Home inspections are conducted by someone who’s certified and has the proper training to go through the home. They check to make sure the home is safe and doesn’t need any repairs that could cost you extra money out of pocket down the road.
What Home Inspectors Check For
While looking through the house, home inspectors will check several things.
They check to make sure the roof is in good condition, they check for plumbing or electrical issues, exterior rot or decay on the home, HVAC and heating system problems, and structural concerns.
How Long Does the Inspection Typically Take?
Usually, a home inspection will take about 2-3 hours. This allows the inspector time to look through the home and check for any potential concerns. We suggest allowing the inspector to take their time to go through the home, and give them some space while they do so. They will give you time at the conclusion of the inspection to ask any questions you may have.
How Much Does it Cost?
Home inspection costs vary by location, but on average, a home inspection will run you anywhere from $300 to $450. In 2021, the average home inspection ran from $280 – $400.
Why is it Important?
A home inspection is arguably one of the most important steps in the home buying process. While you will have to pay for it, and this seems undesirable at the moment, you’ll thank yourself in the future for having it done.
For example, if you pass on the home inspection, in a few months you could begin to have electrical problems. This is something that could have been discovered during the inspection. Not only this, but if this is discovered during the home inspection, you can see if the sellers will cover the costs for any repairs. In the long run, a home inspection can save you a lot of money. It can also save you from purchasing a home that comes with a lot of issues.
While at the moment it may seem tempting to pass on your home inspection, we strongly advise against it. You’ll be happy you didn’t skip it when you save yourself from costly expenses that could surprise you down the road.