One simple answer is: When you purchase a home, you're also buying all of the problems it has.
You wouldn't buy a used car without first having a mechanic look it over, right? Even brand new homes can have hidden defects that were missed during construction. Buying a home is such an exciting step in life but it's also a big commitment and responsibility. There is no such thing as a perfect house, therefore it's important to know what you're actually buying. A home inspection can reveal critical information about the condition of a home and it's systems. It addresses issues that require immediate attention as well as potential future ones. Armed with this knowledge, you can then make an informed decision to proceed, re-negotiate or walk away.
A general home inspection usually takes between two and four hours depending on the number of defects found, the ease of accessibility and the size of the home.
What do we inspect
structural condition, flashing, skylights, chimney, gutters, etc.
A/C compressor, evaporator core, heating, cooling, thermostat, air temp, etc.
sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, water heater, shut off valves, etc.
electrical panels, breakers, fuses, conductors, outlets, lighting, etc.
bedrooms, kitchen, laundry, living room, etc.
windows, doors, walkways, siding, grading, foundation, etc.