Matt Costa, the owner of CHB Inspections, is very positive you have to say ‘yes’ to the above question (http://www.chbhomeinspections.com/content/why-do-i-need-home-inspection).
He suggests that, before buying a home, you have to have the home checked out by a licensed, professional home inspector, as purchasing a home could easily be the largest investment you will ever make. Only a professional home inspector will cover features of the house not noticeable to the buyer’s eye, such as electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, and structural features of the home.
He believes that a home inspection is also important as “it can be used as a contingency in your purchase offer. This contingency provides that if significant defects are revealed by a home inspection, you can back out of your offer, free of penalty, within a certain timeframe”.
Usually home inspector examines the following:
1) Structure including the foundation and the framing.
2) Exterior, which includes sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim, surface drainage, attached porches, decks, and balconies
3) Roofing. Here the attention will be on the roof’s age, conditions of flashing, roof draining systems (pooling water), buckled shingles, loose gutters and downspouts, skylight, and chimneys.
4) Plumbing, such as water supply and drainage systems, water heating equipment, sump pumps, etc.
5) Electrical including the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses, and disconnects and outlets.
6) Heating: home’s heating system, vent system, flues, chimneys, and water heater.
7) Air Conditioning.
8) Interiors including walls, ceilings, floors, steps, stairways and railings, countertops and cabinets.
9) Ventilation/insulation of the house including the attic and unfinished areas such as crawlspaces.
10) Fireplace. It could be dangerous if not properly installed and maintained.
11) Garage including garage door systems, electrical systems, roof, exterior and interiors.
In Winnipeg, we are lucky to have quite a few reliable home inspectors. Although it is totally your decision whether or not to spend money on a home inspection, in the long run you might be glad you did it.