The Importance of Getting a Home Inspection
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.