Our recommendation is GET ONE! Seriously, some people do not want to pay the upfront cost of an inspection but our response to that is: yes, you do have an investment up front and you do have a lot of costs coming your way.... after all.you are buying a home. Home ownership is your BIGGEST investment and if you think you can't afford a home inspection... well... we think you can't afford NOT to get one.
A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $200-$500, depending on size.
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from others or check the phone book under “Home Inspection.” Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience.