There are many obvious reasons to have an inspection done on a home you are interested in buying. A home inspection evaluates the structure of the house, gives you feedback on other systems such as the roof, electrical system, heating, insulation, doors, windows and plumbing. Yes, home inspections are an added expense and are usually optional, but they make sure your largest purchase is in good working order. No matter how much you like the house—old or new; it’s always a good idea to have an inspection to avoid a “Money Pit” situation.
If your offer to purchase includes an inspection contingency, you can back out of the purchase if the inspection uncovers more problems than you are willing to take on or if you are unable to come to agreement with the seller regarding repairs or monetary concessions. The sellers are not obligated to make any repairs, so be prepared for the possibility of another round of negotiations.
It’s not a good idea to let family or friends perform the inspections for you. Even though they may have some expertise, there could be a huge problem if they miss a major issue. In fact this type of inspection is not even allowed by the NWMLS; only the actual buyer or a professional inspector can look over the property. Inspectors have insurance that is an added protection for you, and it’s far easier to convince a seller to take our requests seriously when the inspection was done by a professional.
In addition to checking the licensure, ask about a home inspector’s experience in the building trades, and current membership in a professional inspection association such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or you can call me and I will put you in touch with one of my trusted home inspectors.