Raleigh Real Estate Answers – Does a Raleigh home buyer really need a home inspection?
A poll done earlier this year by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) found that 88 percent of all home buyers across the U.S. felt a home inspection was a necessity and not just a luxury.
It is not surprising that most homebuyers were glad that they had a home inspection performed. According to the BusinessWire press release of February 22, 2011, just under ¾ of the homeowners surveyed said that the home inspection they had before buying their home helped them avoid potential problems with the home.
In addition, 64 percent said that over the long run, they saved a lot of money as a result of their home inspection.
Most of the time, a home inspector is going to find something wrong in even the best maintained homes during the inspection process.
What’s included in a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house. According to ASHI the home inspection will examine “the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.” Safety will be the first concern for the items that are being inspected and then the items that are in need of repair will be addressed.
And in this strong home buyers market, homebuyers often have high expectations in regards to the condition of the home they are about to purchase. For this reason, it can be helpful for a Raleigh home seller to have a home inspection performed prior to placing it on the market.
Contact the Marti Hampton team for a list of qualified home inspectors that work in the Raleigh, NC area.