There is little that is as exciting and stressful at the same time as purchasing a home. Falling in love with a house and imagining that it is perfect can keep home buyers from realizing the risks of not getting a professional opinion on the homes’ actual condition. Love is blind…even when it comes to buying a home. Invest in having a professional home inspector come out and take a look at the house you potentially want to buy, as this will give you a reliable third party perspective. A home inspection will help you to see if this love is really meant to be…or if it is worth the trouble of fixing, if there happens to be an issue.
What is a home inspection?
First, it might be good to address what it means to have a home inspection. If this is your first time buying a home, then you may not be familiar with the idea of getting a home inspector to evaluate the home before closing your offer.
There are many different kinds of home inspections, from general evaluations to specifically looking for a particular issue via thermographic detection. General types of inspections would include looking at the structure, the HVAC unit, plumbing, roofing, electrical, and anything that could potentially be unsafe. More specific inspections consist of termite inspections (a common problem for homes in Houston, Texas any anywhere for that matter), new home construction phase inspections, radon evaluations, and a variety of other home inspection services.
Why is a home inspection important?
Now that we know there are different types of inspections, we can understand why they are so important when it comes to purchasing a new home. There are several BIG reasons why it is so important to get a home inspection. Let’s highlight a few here.
Let there be no secrets. When making an investment and making a commitment, such as buying a home, you want/need to have everything about the property to be out in the open. The last thing you want to do is go into this big purchase with your eyes closed, and once it is all settled be surprised by a pre-existing issue. A home inspection done by a professional will give you the knowledge you need to have prior to the official purchase.
Future planning. By having a home inspector visit your home of interest, they will be able to evaluate if there are current problems, or even potential upkeep and maintenance needed in the future. An example would be if the roof needs to be replaced in the next five years or so. These things could be deal breakers for some buyers, but as any home needs upkeep, it would be nice to be able to plan ahead for these kinds of large expenses.
The feeling that you have found the perfect home is a great relief for anyone who has been looking at purchasing a home for a while. Once you have found it, you can’t think of living anywhere other than that home. Before you sign the final closing document of the home purchase, understand the importance of a home inspection. Knowing the different types of inspections can be useful, particularly if there is a common issue in homes in the area. For instance, get specifically evaluated for termites if there is a history of termite damage to homes in that area or prior flooding damage. There is one thing home inspections can’t do…they can’t hurt. If everything checks out perfectly with your dream home, then you can move ahead with the purchase with confidence.
Contact your Houston home inspector of choice at (713) 730-3151 the A-Action Home Inspection team - as we are happy to help you with any questions, schedule an appointment or review your home inspection report with you.