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How Vital Are Home Inspections?

How Vital Are Home Inspections?

There’s a lot of work that goes into building or buying a house. If you are buying a home, you have to be preapproved for a mortgage from your trusted bank before you can even begin the search. Then, you have to find a realtor you trust, begin the home search, and go through the process of purchasing the one that you chose. However, you may not be the only one that is in love with that house, so it is likely the first few bids will have competition. Even once you have entered into a contract, there are still more steps to complete. You still have to have the home appraised and find a home inspector. Depending on what the impact finds, you could have another lengthy delay while necessary repairs are made.

If you are having your house built from the ground up, the process still comes with its share of difficulties. You will need to find a home builder you can trust. You will choose your floor plan and customizations. Your home will reach a point when it will need to be inspected as well. 

The inspection may seem like an inconvenience, but it is actually vital for ensuring your home is safe for your family. Here’s what you need to know about home inspections. 


What You Need to Know About Home Inspections

1) Home Inspections Are Necessary

You cannot skip a home inspection because, in most cases, it is necessary to have one performed in order to finance your potential house. Since it is required, it does little good to try to avoid it or get around it. Instead, utilize the inspection as an opportunity to learn more about the home you are buying.

2) Home Inspection Should Be Professional

A home inspection is not something to just check off of the list of duties to perform before closing on a house. That means choosing an inspector that is professional. If possible, general contractors or people with experience building homes make excellent inspectors. 

3) Home Inspection Can Uncover Safety Issues

While inspections can indeed feel like an inconvenience, the issues they uncover may be more than just repair issues. An inspector might find issues of safety, such as:

  • Holes in roofing that will allow leaks that lead to water damage and organic growth
  • Weak flooring that could collapse and cause harm
  • Plumbing issues that could lead to the development of mold-related issues
  • Railings that could collapse 

If you skip or do not take the inspection process seriously, you may miss imminent safety issues that need to be addressed before you move in. 

4) Home Inspection Can Uncover Deal-Breakers

No one wants to think that they have entered into a contract on a house they might break; however, part of the reason the process is lengthy is to give buyers the opportunity to be confident in their purchase. Your professional inspector may uncover issues that are deal-breakers. Deal-breakers are problems that are ultimately too much to overcome and will require you to break the contract. Your inspection process helps you not get stuck in a house with deal-breaker problems.

5) Home Inspection Can Help With Negotiation

The inspector hopefully will not uncover deal-breakers, but they may find issues that can help with negotiation. In this case, the inspection report will be your ally as you sit down at the closing table. 

Who Should Inspect Your Potential Home?

You should trust your home inspection to a professional with experience inspecting homes. This person should know exactly those potential problems for which to look. They should be someone without bias, so you can count on their abilities and report. The more detailed a report they make, the better you can determine if you should move forward with your purchase. 

One of the keys to making sure your inspection goes well is choosing a quality home builder. A home builder with a track record of constructing homes with excellent materials and building practices will give you the best chance of having a great inspection. Realstar Homes has been building the highest quality homes in the Myrtle Beach area for decades. We have many neighborhoods and communities with a wide range of home styles to suit your specific needs. Contact us today for more information about our homes.