Why homebuyers should get a home inspection

Why homebuyers should get a home inspection
 OMG John 11/7/2018 8:44 AM

It’s not uncommon for a first time home-buyer to be reluctant about getting a home inspection. In fact, many people opted out of a home inspection because they think it will make them more pleasing to the seller. But, in reality without a home inspection you are at risk of even bigger problems that lie below the surface.

What you need to know about home inspections

A great thing about a home inspection is that home inspectors look for big things that can cost big money. It’s always better to spend $400 to $500 for an inspection instead of spending significantly more in home repairs. . In the process of a home inspection, everything from the foundation to the roof to the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, electrical, heat and air are checked for any problems or updates that need to be fixed.

Another perk to having a home inspection done is to insure that you get the best price for your new home. Therefore, by using a trained and certified inspector you can be confident in your purchase and you are aware of any defects that need fixing.

How to determine if you need a home inspection

It is important to get all the information on your new home and know of anything that might cost you money in the near future. One thing every new homebuyer should do is to try to get the seller to reduced the price of the home to cover any hidden costs that may arise after you’ve moved in.

One thing you can do before you even have a home inspection done is to be vigilant when you do your first initial walk-through. You would be surprised how many red flags that are overlooked during a first walk-through.

Some red flags to look out for are:

  • Improper maintenance of appliances
  • Amateur repairs
  • Poor drainage
  • Failing heating and cooling systems
  • Electrical safety issues
  • Roof problems

Remember, ask your realtor what needs to be fixed and what the cost is to have it fixed. Do your homework. Find out what certain renovations costs are and use that information to justify your offer to the seller.

Once you get a home inspection, do you ever need to get another one done?

If the first home inspection was done right; you shouldn’t need to have another inspection performed. However, even though you’ve had a home inspection you still have certain tasks to do to keep your house in good shape.

These tasks could include:

  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Roof
  • Gutters
  • Plumbing
  • Flooring
  • Walls

A home inspection is a good way to create peace of mind for any home-buyer. The process of buying a home is stressful enough without a home inspection. A home inspection may seem like a waste of money. But, in reality it may be saving you more money in the long-run. 


It’s time to check out your options. Set up a walk-through with our talented realtors to find your forever home. Contact the Fairfield Team and we can help you get started on hunting for your new home!