Some home inspections are a waste of the money that you could be spending on the actual repairs for your new home. However, there are a few types of home inspections that you simply cannot afford to skimp on, regardless of the type of home you are buying. Here are the top ones that you should always set aside some money for ahead of time.
- Always have the plumbing inspected. While most people skip this one, having the plumbing inspected on your house is a very important thing. Older pipes can quickly go wrong and completely replacing the plumbing get very, very expensive.
- Don’t forget to check for termites. These pesky little bugs can really eat you out of house and money – quite literally. They will destroy your walls and the foundation of your house if it is constructed out of wood. A termite inspection generally does not cost very much in the grand scheme of things and definitely should not be overlooked.
- An inspection of the roof is vital. This is one of those common sense inspections – you obviously do not want to buy a house that has a saggy or poorly constructed roof. However, there are many little things that an inexperienced eye will miss when inspecting a roof – for this reason it is almost always worth it to hire a licensed contractor.
- Never skimp on having the electrical system checked out. A brand new house means nothing if it is burned to the ground! Always have a licensed electrician check all the wiring out before you pay.
For the most part, home inspections are very common sense – you obviously don’t want to purchase a house that has no windows or an AC unit if you live in a state that has summertime highs in the three-digits! However, there are just some that you cannot perform yourself.