In years past, most people did not have their homes inspected before they bought them; you accepted the home “as-is.” In recent years, it is more common to have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector prior to closing. If you choose to save a few dollars now by not hiring an inspector, you will be at risk when you sell the home later. It is very likely that the future prospective buyer will get an inspection, and then you may be faced with having to pay for repairs. Your realtor may confirm that in a typical home inspection, the average cost of defects found in the home can be significantly higher than the cost of the inspection. Furthermore, defects found and repairs made by the seller prior to closing may offset the cost of the inspection.
Inspections make sense even for new homes. Even the best of builders will admit that there are no perfect homes. Any hidden defects in the home after the builder’s warranty expires may be a liability for you when you sell the home. When you sell the home in years to come, you may be forced to pay for repairs or corrections that the builder should have done for free when the home was new.