Why You Should Always Get a Home Inspection Before Moving In


All houses have problems, and most of the time they might not be easy to spot at first glance. Home inspections can uncover all sorts of defects in a home and has the potential to save you thousands of dollars later down the line.

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make – and one of the most important decisions, especially if it’s your first property. You want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Having a professional inspection allows you to learn a lot about your potential home and gives you peace of mind before moving in. With a team of home inspection experts that service Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia and Philadelphia, ProTec Inspection services are perfectly positioned to guide you on your journey. We can take care of everything for you and keep you on the right path.

Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should always get a home inspection before moving in and some things you need to look out for.

It Helps You Negotiate.

As a buyer, an inspection can offer you protection and give you leverage. While there have been murmurings that the market is showing signs of slowing in DC, the data shows that median home prices have still risen by 6.3% when compared to August 2020.

A home inspection could help you uncover issues that could have potentially cost you thousands and make sure that you don’t pay more than you should in a hot market. You will be able to use your inspection report to try to get the amount of money it will cost for repairs taken  off the price. Or, alternatively, have them fix the issues before you move in.

A local home inspector like ProTec will also have knowledge of the local area and can let you know what you need to watch out for. For instance, did you know that DC is sinking. Our team of local home inspection experts will be able to guide you and let you know if the neighbourhood you are buying your home in is prone to subsidence.

If a home has too many issues or the seller isn’t willing to fix the property, you can go look for a better home. An inspection will also matter for resale. If you are a new homeowner and decide to sell the property later on, you’re much better off knowing of any potential repairs so that whoever you’re planning on selling to doesn’t end up finding any issues that could prevent a sale if they decide to conduct an inspection of their own.

Save Money on Repairs

Having safety issues should be addressed to keep you and your family safe and keep you from spending tons of money on a handyman and costly repairs later down the line. For example, missing attic insulation can result in higher utility bills, or a damaged floor could lead to a nasty fall – and a pretty hefty repair bill if it gets any bigger over time.

Employing a home inspector will pay for itself over time and save you a lot in the long run.

New Builds Have Problems Too

Constructing a home is a complicated process and while you think buying a new home might prevent you from having any construction problems, this actually isn’t always the case.

New homes have just as much likelihood of something slipping through the cracks during the building process. With so much happening at once and so many tasks to keep on top of during a new build, even the best builders can miss something. Getting an inspection ensures you can rest safe in the knowledge that whether new or old your home is fault-free.

Once you’ve covered all your bases and have moved forward with the purchase after receiving a thorough home inspection, the only thing left to do is relax and plan all of the other aspects of your move. 

In a city like Washington DC, the process isn’t always an easy one. Packing up boxes, loading them onto a truck or trying to fit everything into your car isn’t an easy task, so it’s worth looking at hiring a moving company to take care of everything for you.

Bellhops are a pretty useful moving company and have a pretty good system, where you get to choose how many people help you move, as well as the vehicle needed for the move.

Once you’ve got your home inspection, have made the move and are finally into your new home, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your new home. At least until you decide your kitchen needs re-modelling or you finally get that deck built in the back yard!

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