Matt Peck | November 30, 2017
Wondering whether a home inspection is really worth it? While a quality home inspection in greater Gainesville, Florida, can cost you a few Benjamins up front, it can save you much more in the long run.
Your home is your castle, and I want to help you feel as confident and happy with it as possible. As a proud owner of a HouseMaster franchise, (a company with higher satisfaction scores than Costco, Ritz Carlton, Amazon, and Apple), that is my main goal.
When deciding what home to buy, getting a home inspection is the only way to confidently decide between saying “yes” and walking—or running—away.
Our experienced HouseMaster home inspectors take a room-by-room look at home to thoroughly evaluate whether there are problems. We’ll examine the following areas:
- Electrical wiring
- Roof and walls
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system
- Bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen, and garage
- Foundation and grading
In a best-case scenario, your home inspection won’t bring up any major issues and you can buy, or sell, your home with the peace of mind that its occupants will be sheltered safely.
But the real value of a home inspection lies in your ability to discover possible problems.
A Buyer’s Best Negotiation Tool
When your home inspector uncovers a major—or minor—problem in a home you’re considering buying, you can choose to walk away.
But you can also choose to use that knowledge to your advantage.
Say you discover during an inspection that the house needs a new roof and replacement costs will be high. You can now ask the seller to either fix the problem before you buy it or lower the price.
If your home inspection uncovers extensive issues the owner did not disclose, you legally have the right to walk away—even if it’s late in the home-buying process.
A HouseMaster home inspection also provides hundreds in buyer benefits, including discounts from moving and home furnishing companies that can get you started for less when you decide on your dream house. (We love our customers that much!)
Discover the Real Value of Your Home
Although home inspections provide great value to buyers, sellers can also benefit from having a pre-purchase inspection done.
Knowing whether your property has any problems allows you to fix or disclose those problems to buyers and eliminate barriers to buying before they even come up.
And homeowners who don’t intend to sell can have their home inspected as a way to stay informed and nip potential maintenance problems in the bud, saving hundreds by catching problems while they are small.
Ensure Peace of Mind with a Home Inspection
As home inspectors, my team has clients who learned too late that failing to get a home inspection can be disastrous.
Some owners want to get rid of their homes quickly or make money dishonestly and don’t expose all the flaws of the structure they’re selling. A home inspection allows you to verify whether a deal really is too good to be true.
Imagine buying a car but failing to have it inspected, then discovering soon after purchasing that the car has major problems—unexposed flood damage that’s eaten up the electrical wiring, or a faulty engine that needs to be completely replaced. You’d be out thousands of dollars with no recourse.
A home inspection provides the same value, but on a larger scale. Electrical problems alone can eat up tens of thousands of dollars—money you could avoid spending by getting an inspection from a professional home inspection company.
It’s easy to cover up large problems for unsuspecting buyers—and it’s also easy for us to uncover them with a home inspection. Want to know whether any house is damage-free and structurally sound? A home inspection is your key to buying power, selling mojo, and peace of mind.
Ready to see the value of a home inspection yourself? We proudly serve the people of Gainesville, Morriston, Archer, Hampton, High Springs, Newberry and neighboring communities. Click here to schedule your home inspection with us, and we’ll be in touch shortly.