Home inspections have become an integral part of the home buying process. Depending on the size of the home, the inspection takes between 2 to 3 hours and is a detailed look from roof to foundation.
A home inspector is an objective expert and your advocate. But the inspection is about more than finding faults with the property.
Take the opportunity to join the inspector during the process. Find out where the electrical panel is, get to know about the wiring and plumbing, pick-up tips about the furnace and AC, and immediately learn what preventive maintenance and ongoing seasonal upkeep will be needed.
As part of the process, you should receive a report on the property that will outline the "have-to-dos", "want-to-dos" and "keep-an-eye-ons" that you and the inspector discussed. It may even provide cost guides for making future repairs.
I always recommend a home inspection. you have the chance to gain first-hand knowledge and come away with a "Buyer's Guide" to taking care of your purchase.