The Importance of Getting a Home Inspection

Know Your Home Inside Out

2022-05-12Updated: 2024-02-28 Kurt Zerby Real Estate Group

When buying a home for sale, a home inspection can be invaluable for a multitude of different reasons. In this video, Kurt walks us through some of the major reasons one would want to get a home inspection and the benefits that come with it.

  1. Know for sure what is right and wrong with a property
    Sometimes a home's issues are invisible and easy to overlook by an untrained eye. Enlisting a professional will ensure you fully understand the condition of a particular property and have the information you need to make an educated decision on whether or not to buy it.

  2. Get a thorough report on the condition of the entire home
    The itemized breakdown an inspection provides will give you the information you need to understand the gravity of a property and valuable facts you can use in your negotiations.

  3. Check for environmental problems
    A home and its systems can either create or mitigate certain environmental issues. Ensuring that sensors and systems designed to alert one of risks are fully operational is imperative for safety. Properly maintaining systems like gas heaters and stoves is also critical for long-term health and reliability.

  4. Safety Issues
    Whether it's a leaky connection or a garage door that's about to fall, thoroughly understanding the condition of things and the safety risk they pose is important. This information allows you to properly prepare and budget, as well as make the correct offer with all factors considered.

  5. Inspectors will check every corner
    An inspector will go through the home with a “fine-tooth comb”. They’ll go under the house, crawl through the rafters, and understand all systems down to their smallest functions and components. When complete, you are certain to have a great expanded idea of the home's condition.

  6. Inspectors will help you better understand your home and how to take care of it
    A commonly overlooked but high-value benefit of a home inspection is having an expert help you understand each system and feature of your home, as well as how to properly maintain them. They can help you not only make sense of what each system does but understand the needs of each so you can do the preventative maintenance to extend the life of all and keep them running at their best.

  7. They’ll help you understand how to operate certain things
    Some systems can be tricky to use, requiring complicated programming sequences or generally being not user-friendly. An experienced inspector can help you familiarize yourself with these systems so you can control and get the most out of them.

  8. Inspectors will tell you the condition and life expectancy of major appliances
    Knowing how much life is left in appliances and other features of your home will allow you to budget for replacements and service. Avoiding surprise breakdowns like a broken water heater will save you headaches and money along the way.

  9. You can get a home warranty
    A thorough report on your home's condition and the expertise of a qualified inspector can help you secure a home warranty, which can be quite valuable, offering further protection into the future.

  10. Get an educated inspector
    Experience matters in choosing an inspector. Ask around, read reviews, and consult your real estate agent. An experienced real estate agent likely already has established relationships, knows who will deliver, and can connect you with the right person for the job.

We hope you enjoyed this quick breakdown on the benefits of a home inspection, and we welcome you to contact us should you have additional questions about this or anything real estate related.