First-time Homebuyers Market

Indianapolis was recently listed as one of the top ten best cities for first-time homebuyers, so we thought it would be a great time to stress the importance of a quality home inspection.

When emotions are running high and the market is hot, first-time homebuyers might be tempted to opt out of getting a home inspection in order to quickly put in an offer on your dream home. Tempting as it might be to rush the process, this could be a poor decision any homebuyer could come to regret. Why? A professional home inspection is a critical part of any real estate transaction. We’ve listed a few of the key reasons you should make the minor investment in a home inspection before making a major investment in a home.

A Lifetime or a Lemon

A home inspection is an affordable way for first-time homebuyers to learn about the overall condition of a home, as well as the health of its particular systems and components. This is your chance to learn whether you’re about to invest in a house that will last you for years to come or a property that could prove to be a lemon. Even if everything looks great to you, a good home inspector will provide you with a professional opinion about the plumbing and electrical systems, for example, that is unlikely to be noticed by untrained eyes. Remember that spending a few hundred dollars on an inspection now could save you thousands in the long run.

Safety First

No matter how pressing the decision may appear, this is not the time to cut corners – especially when it comes to your family’s safety. Radon, mold, and other health hazards can be brought to light during a home inspection. Be sure to ask your home inspector whether these are services he or she offers so that they can be checked for, along with any other problems that are revealed during a typical home inspection.

A Happy Home

Your home inspection report – and even your home inspector – will educate you about the home you want to invest in. Once you’ve become familiar with the home’s ins and outs, you’ll be armed with the knowledge needed to make a rational decision based on solid information. Don’t forgo the home inspection – be prepared to make a confident choice.

If you’re in Indianapolis or the surrounding areas of west central and central Indiana, we’d be glad to help you with your next home inspection! AWP Home Inspections is InterNACHI certified and offers many additional services including thermal imaging, mold inspections, and environmental screenings. For more information on how we can help, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, seller, or homeowner, please contact us today!

To read more about why home inspections are important and what to expect, visit InterNACHI’s page What Really Matters in a Home Inspection.