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  • Writer's pictureEmma Ellis, REALTOR

Do You Need A Home Inspection? - YES!

One of the most common stories in real estate that results in buyers remorse is usually avoidable. Homebuyers fall in love with a property, only to discover costly and potentially dangerous issues after they've already closed the deal. No one wants expensive surprises after moving into a new home, and even small issues can create problems, when you should be enjoying your new home.

This is why I always recommend that my clients invest in a home inspection before buying a property. Here's why:

  1. Identifying hidden problems: A home inspection can reveal hidden problems that may not be immediately apparent to a buyer, such as mold, damage, or foundation issues. By identifying these problems early on, you may be able to negotiate a lower price or avoid a money pit altogether.

  2. Ensuring safety: A home inspection can also uncover potential safety hazards, such as faulty electrical systems or carbon monoxide leaks. These issues can be dangerous and expensive to fix, so it's important to identify them before you move in.

  3. Protecting your investment: A home is likely the most significant investment you'll ever make, and a home inspection can help protect that investment. By identifying potential problems and negotiating repairs or a lower price, you can ensure that your investment is sound.

  4. Peace of mind: A home inspection can give you peace of mind knowing that you're making an informed decision about your purchase. By understanding the condition of the property, you can make a decision that's right for you and your family.

  5. Opportunity to renegotiate: If a home inspection does uncover issues, you may have the opportunity to renegotiate the terms of your purchase. Depending on the severity of the issues, you may be able to negotiate a lower price or require the seller to make necessary repairs before closing.

In short, a home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process. It can help you identify potential problems, protect your investment, and give you peace of mind. But how do you choose a home inspector? In some states, a home inspector doesn't need to be licensed, but in Virginia, they are required to be licensed by the department of professional and occupational regulation. However, just because they have a license, doesn't mean they are the best for the job! Home Inspector services vary widely, so rely on recommendations, ask for references, and be sure that your inspector offers everything you want to be checked for. Some home inspectors even will check sewage drains with cameras, or use thermal imaging to find areas with missing insulation. However some things such as water wells, fireplaces and pools, usually need a specialist to provide a full inspection, as most home inspectors are generalists.

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