Why Homebuyers Need a Home Inspection

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The process of buying a home often involves months of searching before making an offer. Once the offer is accepted, there are several steps before closing the sale. A home inspection is one of the most important steps and should be completed as part of the home buying process. There are many reasons why homebuyers need a home inspection when purchasing either a pre-owned home or new construction.

7 Benefits of a Home Inspection

1. Electrical Safety

During a home inspection, the inspector checks that the electrical system is in good working order. A hazardous electrical system poses a danger to any home.

2. Unseen and Hidden Problems

Various details make a home appealing to buyers, like the home’s curb appeal, the size, the kitchen layout, or an open floor plan. However, the aesthetics of a home could be masking real problems that lie within it. An inspection will identify issues that were not apparent when viewing the home.

3. Cost-Friendly

A home inspection is a relatively affordable process. A home inspection ranges in cost depending on the size and the type of the home. These costs are worth the investment because they can save the buyer thousands in repair costs further down the line.

4. More Options

Once the seller and the buyer make a deal on a home, the buyer is under contract. However, home inspection results offer a way to negotiate a deal. Renegotiating with the seller is an option once a home inspector completes their report.

The inspector’s findings could lead to the seller making needed repairs or reducing the list price of the home. Failure to reach an agreement on the reported items gives the buyer the option to retract the deal.

5. Homebuyers Need a Home Inspection to Find Roof Leaks

When it comes to owning a home, replacing the roof is one of the most expensive maintenance costs. A brand-new roof could end up costing $10,000 or more, so it is important to have an inspector assess the roof of a house. They will estimate the age of the roof and look for and note any concerns.

6. Structural Issues

A thorough inspection of the foundation and other structural components of a house will help you make a smart investment. If a home inspection report details structural concerns with the home, you may want to reconsider your purchase.

7. Homebuyers Need a Home Inspection to Learn the Cost of Maintenance

Every home requires ongoing maintenance because everything wears out and needs to be replaced over time. The cost of routine maintenance should be part of your budget when purchasing a home, and those costs will depend on the condition of the home at the time of purchase.

Steve Smallman Property Inspections offers home inspections in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Contact us to request our services.

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If you’re the first-ever occupant of your brand-new home, you have specific inspection needs before moving in. We inspect your new home before your final walkthrough to add an objective set of experienced eyes to help protect your investment. We also do pre-drywall inspections.


New homes may come with a warranty that lasts a year. An 11-month inspection is key in terms of taking advantage of what your warranty guarantees. We check for anything covered by your warranty before it expires so that the proper party is responsible for any repairs.


Selling a home? A pre-listing inspection gives you an advantage. Letting us identify maintenance needs before you sell lets your home enter the market in its very best state free from defects that could cause potential buyers to turn away from what could be a golden opportunity for everyone.


Life moves so quickly that general and even significant home maintenance can sometimes be forgotten. Furthermore, some routine home maintenance items are difficult to spot without the proper experience. Let our highly-trained inspectors give your home a check-up and help you prioritize regular home maintenance to save money and to help keep your family safe.


Termites and other wood-destroying insects cause millions of dollars of damage per year to buildings all over North Carolina. Our inspectors are all Registered Pest Control Technicians with the NC Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Division. We are affiliated with Cooper Pest Control to provide the wood-destroying insect reports (WDIR) required by many mortgage lenders.


Radon – an odorless, colorless gas – naturally occurs in most soil. It’s also the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in North America. We can perform the EPA-recommended radon testing that determines whether or not you are being exposed to safe levels of radon within your home.

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