Why You Should Never Skip the Home Inspection

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Are you in the process of buying a new home? Congratulations! But before you sign on the dotted line, don’t forget the home inspection. Skipping this crucial step could end up costing you more money and headaches than you ever imagined. 

At Sunlight Contractors we understand that the excitement of buying a new home can be overwhelming. But neglecting to have a professional home inspection is a mistake you’ll want to avoid. Let’s take a closer look at why you should never skip this important step in the home buying process.


Safety is a critical aspect that should never be overlooked when it comes to home inspections. Radon, carbon monoxide, and mold are safety hazards that could be lurking in any home, regardless of its age or condition. 

Hiring a professional home inspector can help you identify any potential safety issues. Additionally they can make appropriate recommendations such as mold remediation

If you’re considering purchasing an “as-is” foreclosed property or short sale, a home inspection becomes even more critical. These properties may have been vacant for an extended period. This can cause hazardous problems that can pose health risks and be costly to remedy. 

Additionally, copper plumbing lines and outdoor compressors may have been removed from foreclosed properties. Individuals trying to sell copper may have stripped the home. This leaves behind safety hazards that need to be identified and addressed.

Having a home inspection ensures that you’re aware of any safety issues before investing in a property. You can make an informed decision about whether the property is worth investing in. And more importantly, protect you and your family from safety issues.

A home purchase negotiation


A home inspection report can serve as a valuable negotiating tool when buying a home. The report provides an opportunity for you to ask for repairs, and request a price reduction or credit from the seller. By working with your real estate agent, you can better understand which requests are reasonable and which ones are not, helping you negotiate a better deal.

With the information provided by the home inspection report, you can make informed decisions about what repairs or upgrades are necessary and factor that into your negotiations with the seller. 

By identifying potential issues with the property, you can negotiate a fair price that reflects the condition of the home. This can help save you money in the long run and ensure that you’re not stuck with unexpected repairs or upgrades. 

In short, a home inspection report can be a powerful tool for home buyers looking to get the most out of their investment.

Determining future costs

A home inspection can help forecast future costs associated with a property by providing an estimate of the installation age of major systems. Things like plumbing, HVAC systems, electrical systems, and critical equipment like water heaters. Not to mention structural issues and roofing.

Certified home inspectors can also diagnose the current condition of the structure itself. Additionally, they can determine how long finishes have been in the home. All components in the home have a shelf-life. And understanding when they require replacement can help you make important budgeting decisions. 

Additionally, it’ll help determine what type of home insurance coverage or warranties you should consider.

Uncovering illegal additions

Did you know that a home inspection can reveal illegal additions or installations? When rooms, garages, or basements are completed without proper permits or fail to follow code, it can significantly impact the value and usability of the property. Illegal additions can affect insurance, taxes, and even make the property unusable. Essentially, you could be purchasing something that legally does not exist.

And it’s not only older homes you have to worry about. Even in new homes, systems that are not installed to code can become the new homeowner’s financial problem to fix and finance. Without a proper inspection, you may not be aware of these issues until it’s too late. 

By having a home inspection, you can identify these potential problems. It’s important to ensure that any additions or installations are done legally and to code to protect the value and safety of the property.

A person writing the words "deal or no deal" onto a sheet of glass

Deal breakers

If you aren’t comfortable with the findings of the home inspection, it typically presents one final opportunity to back out of the offer to buy. This can be a lifesaver for those who may have otherwise bought a money pit. 

At the end of the day, a quality home inspection empowers the buyer to make an informed decision. It protects your investment, and helps to avoid potential headaches in the future.

Home inspections are essential in helping you determine whether a property is a good fit. By identifying any significant issues that need attention, you can make informed decisions. 

You can decide for yourself how much additional money or effort you are willing to invest to bring the home up to your standards. For example, if the home inspection reveals issues like faulty gutters, cracked walls, or ceilings, you have to decide if you’re willing to invest in these repairs or if it’s a deal-breaker for you.

If you are unwilling to repair or address certain issues, then you may need to continue their home buying search. Buying a house is typically the largest investment you’ll ever make. For that reason, you need to find a property that meets your needs and budget. 

By taking the time to get a home inspection, you can avoid investing in a property that may turn out to be a financial burden or require more work than you are willing to undertake.

The bottom line

In conclusion, a home inspection is an essential step in the home buying process. It can provide valuable information about the condition of the property and help you make informed decisions about potential future costs. With the information provided by a home inspection report, you can negotiate a fair price and avoid unexpected repairs or upgrades.

At Sunlight Contractors, we understand the importance of a thorough and accurate home inspection. Our experienced and certified inspector uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to provide comprehensive inspections that cover all aspects of the property. 

Contact us today to schedule a home inspection and ensure that your investment is protected for years to come.

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