Are Home Inspections Really Necessary?

home inspectorBuying a home is one of the biggest purchases most people will ever make, and as Woodstock real estate agents, we take pride in helping our clients find a home that they will love for years to come! While it’s only natural to start thinking about how you can keep costs down when buying a new home, if you’re thinking about skipping the home inspection, think again. The amount of money you’ll spend on a home inspection is well worth it when compared to the potential cost of realizing you have purchased a home in need of serious repairs!

What can a home inspection tell me?

Home inspections can catch a number of serious issues with a home, including:

  • Foundation problems– Foundation repairs can be very expensive, but since most homes’ foundations are underground, it’s easy to miss the signs. A home inspector will look for things like cracks and settling that can signal a problem.
  • Termites– Termites can cause serious structural damage to homes, and the worst part is that you may not even know the house is infested! Termites can destroy a home from the inside out, leaving only small, hard-to-spot mud-like tunnels as a clue to their presence. A professional pest-control company will be able to advise you on the extent of the infestation, how to address it, and how to prevent future problems.
  • Drainage and moisture issues– From a leaky roof to faulty gutters to an improperly graded yard, water can wreak havoc on your home. A home inspection should tell you the condition of the home’s roof, identify moisture issues like water damage or mold, and alert you if the grading (or lack of grading) of the lot will cause flooding or foundation damage.
  • Dangerous materials– If you are buying an older home, it’s even more vital to have it inspected because dangerous materials can lie beneath the surface. For instance, if asbestos is present in the roof, it will cost substantially more to repair (and to dispose of the toxic materials) than it would to replace an asbestos-free roof. That is important information to know when negotiating with the seller!
  • Other safety issues- A home inspection can find other important safety issues that you need to be aware of, like wiring or ventilation issues. Improper dryer ventilation, for instance, can be a major fire hazard.

While a home inspection does cost money, it can also save you from heartbreak and expensive home repairs, making it well worth the cost.

Are you ready to buy a home? If so, contact The Premier Group today! Based in downtown Woodstock, our Keller Williams Realty team has the experience and energy needed to help you find your new home sweet home.

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