A Guide to Inspections

Home inspections are important! Think of them as an inexpensive check that could save you from major headaches in the future.

Below we answer some common questions around home inspections. 

What is the Importance of a Home Inspection?

First and foremost, home inspections provide peace of mind. You should move into your new home knowing the ins and out of it aware of upcoming maintenance that needs to be done. You don’t want to be blindsided a few months into living in your new home and realize that your home needs a new $15,000 roof! Getting a home inspection is a good idea so you can sleep soundly at night knowing your home is in good condition. If you find something in the home inspection that isn’t to your liking, it gives you the opportunity to renegotiate with the seller or get out of the sale. 

What Does a Home Inspection Include?

What exactly an inspector check depends on the company, but the majority of inspectors check the foundation and basement, structural components, interior plumbing, and electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, the condition of the windows, doors, door frames, floors, walls, ceilings, and stairs, the attic and visible insulation, major appliances, the exterior of the house, and any trees around the home. You have the option to walk through the inspection with them and ask any questions that you may have on the spot. Once they’re done, the report will take 3-4 business days to be finalized and sent over to you.

How Much Do Home Inspections Cost?

Home inspections can range from $300-500 but they are well worth the investment. They notify you of repairs that could potentially cost thousands of dollars. It’s good to know what you’re getting into before buying a home. If you find out that the home you’re looking at needs major repairs, you may decide that you want to keep looking. It’s always good to be well informed! 

When Should I Get a Home Inspection?

Sellers should do their own inspections before the sale. As a buyer, you should get an inspection after you make an offer but before you sign the papers and transfer over money. Depending on what you find in the home inspection, you may need to redraft the contract and negotiate who will pay for repairs. 

Do I Need an Inspection?

Technically, you do not need a home inspection. You could waive the inspection when purchasing a home. However, it would be unwise to do so as they point out unexpected and unforeseen problems that could cost a large chunk of change in the future.


Do you have lingering questions about the importance of a home inspection? Are you still wondering “do I need an inspection?” Contact Josiah Allen Real Estate for answers or to be connected to a reliable home inspector. We look forward to helping you through the home inspection process!

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