When you decided to place an offer on your dream house, you were probably thinking about the cozy fireplace, the spacious yard, or the updated kitchen.
But that’s not all you’re buying, Alabama home inspector Bill Loden told Time magazine. “You’re also buying any problems lurking in the walls or the crawl space or the attic,” said Loden, who is also president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
What’s the best way to know what you’re buying? Have the home inspected.
During a home inspection, the inspector will go through your house from roof to foundation – and go over every system in between. You’ll leave the inspection with a true picture of the home – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The inspection report is a good negotiating tool if you’d like to ask the sellers to make repairs or give you a credit for work that needs to be done. It’s also helpful information for you because you’ll know what systems may need repair or replacing in the coming years.
And, the results of the inspection can give you an “out” on your purchase contract if you made the home inspection one of your contingencies.
Want even more reasons to get a home inspection? Forbes magazine lists 10.