You've found the home you've been looking for! Congratulations! You ask yourself "Should I get a home inspection?" The answer is yes! Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, Northampton Agent Linda Webster recommends "buyers get a home inspection. It’s their time to “ kick the tires” and get educated on the house and it’s components. Home inspectors can find issues that aren’t apparent to the untrained eye. Once you buy a home, it’s yours- issues and all. So it’s best to learn as much about that home as possible."
What if you're the seller? Rather than be at the mercy of a buyer’s inspector, shift the power to you as the seller by having a prelisting inspection done. Would you rather find out what areas of your home need attention with an inspector that you have hired vs. an inspector that the buyer brings in that you don’t know?
Yes, the buyer is still going to get the house inspected, BUT by hiring your own inspector, you will have a report that can serve as a baseline as well as another expert that you can consult. Many sellers fear inspections because of what might be found, but these issues are going to be found no matter what, so best to do it on your time and BEFORE you put the home on the market. Keep in mind that certain things like the age of a roof, plumbing or old electrical wiring can affect the insurability of the property. Insurance is becoming more difficult to obtain because insurance companies are increasingly requiring four point inspections in order to bind insurance on a property.
You don’t want to be in the middle of a home sale dealing with a roof that needs to be replaced before closing because the buyer can’t get insurance.
Buyers and sellers, the answer is yes. Get a home inspection.