A lot needs to happen before you officially buy a house. Some tasks and services will be required, while others will be optional. One of those optional services is a home inspection. It’s not required, but we strongly recommend that you have your home looked at by a professional home inspector.
Well, an inspection will give you an idea of the home’s condition before you sign the papers to purchase it. The inspector will look at every system and aspect of the home, from the roof to the foundation. He or she can tell you whether something is a safety issue, a major problem, or a minor problem. An inspector can also give you advice on what needs to be replaced or repaired, and which aspects of your home are fine for now but should be monitored. A really great inspector will give you routine maintenance ideas as you go through the inspection so that you can learn how to care for your new home.
You can use a home inspection as a contingency in your purchase offer. If a major defect is found, you can back out of the deal without a penalty.