ALWAYS
ALWAYS - ALWAYS
GET A HOME INSPECTION

The purchase of a home
is the biggest investments most people
 will make in their lifetimes.

 
A home inspection helps ensure homebuyers of the quality of their investment by making them aware of its condition and alerting them to any concerns. This can  increase buyer confidence and even reduce the threat of legal action in the future.

Some of the benefits of a home inspection are:

Knowledge:
 Understand what you are buying
Savings:
The inspection reveals the need for repairs or replacements
 before you buy
Fewer surprises:
The home inspection limits the number of problems
 you may discover after you move in
Education:
 A good home inspection also gives you invaluable details
about your new home in and information about the condition of the property.
 You'll learn where the main shutoff valves to the utilities are located,
 how the house operates and more!

How do I find a good home inspector?

 Consider the following when shopping for home inspection companies.
Experience:
How much experience do the inspectors have and
how long have they have been in the business?
Home Inspection Training:
Have the inspectors gone through any extensive home inspection training? 
Association Membership:
 Is the inspector a member of a professional home inspection organization
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).
Inspectors in your area can be located through these associations.
Liability Insurance:
Does the inspector carry Professional Liability Insurance
(Errors and Omissions Insurance)?
If you ever need to collect on a legal judgment, an inspector without insurance my not be able to pay your claim.

Buying a newly constructed home?
An inspection on a new home is important for the buyer 
There are shortcuts and tricks of the trade in the construction business,
and someone who is unfamiliar with them can easily miss them.
A home inspector is better able to see nuances
that may not be readily visible to an untrained eye.
You also need an inspector to offset the builder's or contractor's interest.
 Much of the information about homes is either taken for granted by people,
 or remains unfound.
For newly constructed homes,
an inspection of the house before the drywall is installed,
otherwise known as a "preclosure inspection",
 provides a level of quality assurance for the buyer
that many builders don't usually provide for their contractors.
This inspection gives you a better chance of identifying and correcting
potential problems when they are much easier
and less expensive to fix,
before they become physically or financially prohibitive.