Why hire a home inspector?
In a single statement… Peace of mind.
But I will go deeper than that.
Purchasing a home can be very rewarding and very taxing, all at the same time. A home is where you want to feel comfortable, safe and secure. Often times these ideals get lost in the stress and business of the day-to-day, especially when you are up, packing past midnight, only to have to shuffle into work the next morning. Let’s face it. Moving is CRAZY. Yet, even with the added stress, most people get caught up in the excitement of moving into a new, fresh home, and they do not have any negative thoughts about the new house.
This leads me to my first reason to hire a home inspector prior to purchasing your home. You are not only hiring a trained professional, but a fresh set of objective, unbiased eyes to look at your prospective home. For the most part, we are looking for bigger issues or safety concerns, but often times we might point out smaller less obvious things as well. Honestly, a professional real estate inspector should simply tell you the story of the house. Whether the story is good, bad or down right ugly, you need to know what you are buying. Reports should be designed to inform the client about as many areas of the home as possible; this way, my client can make a good decision based on solid information, and feel comfortable with their purchase.
Feeling comfortable. Those two words take me to my next point for why you should hire a home inspector. Comfort within a home typically has a lot to do with climate, or more specifically, climate control. The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system will allow you to control the climate within the home. The attic, walls, windows, doors and foundation will allow that area to be conditioned. You see, everything within a house is connected and serves a much greater purpose than simply keeping you out of the elements. A good home inspector will test each system, and place additional stress on that system in an attempt to find potential problems or failures. These tests, coupled with solid education of the inner-workings of a house, allow us to make a functional determination and provide you the advice you need before you sign the dotted line and fork over a bunch of money.
Speaking of money, on average, a home inspection might cost you $300 to $500+, depending on your geographic location. With that said, replacing a leaking roof can set you back $4000 to $8000+, depending on materials and contractor used. A good home inspector will get on the roof, and spend time in the crawl space, and attic while performing the assessment. These are areas of the home that you, the potential buyer won’t have access to until you purchase the property. If a single system or major component is not operating as it’s intended, then you will have a solid return on your investment. If the inspector makes it through the home and has no major issues, then again, it’s a small price to pay for piece of mind; especially when the national average for a home is around $150,000.
With all of this said, there are probably a dozen more reasons to hire a professional home inspector prior to purchasing a property, but these are the few that I feel stand above the rest. In the end, a home inspection should simply provide the client a comprehensive report, and allow them to make a good decision based on the information collected, as well as peace of mind. I am a professional home inspector, and I work very hard to provide that peace of mind to each and every client.
If you have any questions in regards to the home inspections process, please feel free to contact me at AssuredHomeInspectionsTx@gmail.com.