It is recommended that you have a home inspected before purchasing your new home. This is done after your offer has been accepted, and well before your closing day.
Home inspections are extremely in-depth, and here are three big things a home inspection will show you:
- Safety concerns: A home inspection will ensure smoke detectors, electrical work, glass, and structures like stairs are all safe for use.
- Home’s “Shield”: Aspects of the homes exterior that protect it from the elements such as the foundation, roof, siding, and gutters are all included in the inspection.
- Major systems and appliances: Big ticket items such as plumbing, electrical work, and heating and air are reviewed. If included in the purchase, your inspector will also ensure the appliances are in working order.
A home is a huge investment, so an inspection is worth the money upfront (amounts vary by state, region, and inspector) to ensure your investment is safe and well-built.