What is a home inspection and should I have one done?

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A home inspection is a visual examination of the property, performed by a certified professional home inspector before the purchase of the home is complete. The property inspection is to determine the overall condition of the home. The property inspector will check all major components such as the roof, ceilings, walls, floors, foundations, crawl spaces, attics, retaining walls, etc… The inspection will also check all systems such as electrical, heating, plumbing, drainage, exterior weather proofing.

The results of the inspection should be provided to the purchaser in detailed written form, generally within 24 hours of the inspection. A pre-purchase home inspection can add peace of mind and make a difficult decision much easier. It may indicate that the home needs major structural repairs which can be factored into your buying decision. A home inspection helps remove a number of unknowns and increases the likelihood of a successful purchase.