A home inspection is your opportunity to identify any issues with a home prior to closing. The NC Offer to Purchase form actually highlights is importance by providing a warning that strongly encourages buyers to conduct due diligence which includes the home inspection to determine the condition of any improvements, the presence of unusual drainage, moisture, asbestos, environmental contamination, wood-destroying insects or radon gas. These are all important factors you’d want to know prior to closing to avoid inadvertently buying a money pit. You may even be able to get the current owners to fix these issues before you move in. But it is also important to keep things into perspective…a home will never be free and clear of issues and inspectors will always find problems even in new construction. It is not about getting all the fixes done…no seller is going to fix everything…focus on the big issues and expect some negotiation through the process. A home inspection will cost you a little bit of time and money, but in long run you’ll be glad you did it. Being able to address issues early through the home inspection can save you thousands of dollars down the road.  

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