Buying a home is an investment, and you always want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting. A professional home inspector can help give you the power to purchase confidently.
A home inspection can be used as a contingency in your home purchase offer. This will allow you to terminate the contract if the home turns out to be something other than what you expected.
There are plenty of people out there who can inspect your home, so many sure you choose an experienced, trusted, and licensed inspector. An inspector should always include a report of any findings, and the inspector should also be available for follow-up questions and explanations you may have. A good inspector will know the difference between a problem being a safety issue, major defect or minor defect or cosmetic issue. He or she should also note which items need to be replaced, repaired or serviced.
Even if you are buying a new construction that has passed all local codes and ordinances, it is still always best to get an inspection of the home. Something as simple as a support beam issue can make the difference between a solid investment and a money sink. You should also be present for the inspection. This will allow you to get a complete picture of the home's condition. Do not simply rely on the inspector's report to tell the entire story.
An inspector will check exterior walls, foundation, roof, grading, garage, plumbing, heating, appliances, fire safety, bathrooms, ventilation, heating, AC, electrical and many, many other parts of the home. Yes, inspections take time and they do cost money. But they can also reveal potential major issues before you make such a major purchase.
So yes, you really DO need a home inspection. Having your home inspected empowers you, as a buyer, to confidently make a major purchase. Good inspectors are neutral parties who are giving experienced insight and advice into the condition of the home. The extra time and money it takes is worth making an informed buying decision.