The Im­por­tance of Get­ting a Home In­spec­tion

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By Mark Di­plock, Lead In­spec­tor at Mike Holmes In­spec­tions

I’ve been asked this ques­tion a hun­dred times. Is it re­ally nec­es­sary to have a home in­spec­tion done on the prop­erty I’m plan­ning on buy­ing? Or I’ll hear, “my fa­ther or un­cle works in con­struc­tion and knows what to look for in a home”. Or, “I can get a feel for the home and see things also”. Or the ex­cuse, “well a home in­spec­tion is expensive, and I would rather put that money to­wards some­thing else”. This might not be the best ap­proach.

An In­spec­tion Is Al­ways a Good Idea

The sim­ple fact of the mat­ter is this: if you are plan­ning on mak­ing the sin­gle big­gest pur­chase of your life, isn’t it just plain smart to know as much about that pur­chase as you pos­si­bly can be­fore you com­mit to mak­ing those mort­gage pay­ments? Un­for­tu­nately, it’s been shown that peo­ple will ac­tu­ally spend more time de­cid­ing which car to pur­chase or in some cases which pair of shoes to choose than what house to buy.

But a house pur­chase is dif­fer­ent. With a car pur­chase you take it for a test drive. If you are buy­ing a pair of shoes, you try them on. The prob­lem is, when buy­ing a home, there is no trial. You don’t get to live in it for a few weeks to see if it func­tions prop­erly and doesn’t fall apart. In fact, most peo­ple spend only 1 or 2 hours in the home be­fore they make the de­ci­sion to pur­chase.

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