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When you’re looking to buy a new home, you can imagine yourself living there, planning where you’d put your furniture and how you’d start remodeling.

However, you might want to hold off on emotionally engaging because you never know what’s behind the surface of any given home.

Here are some of the most compelling reasons to never miss a home inspection:

1. Home inspections can disclose crucial information about a home and its systems’ condition. This informs the buyer about the fees, repairs, and maintenance that the home may require both now and in the future.

2. A home inspection can detect safety hazards such as radon, carbon monoxide, and mold, which should be examined in all properties.

3. It can indicate whether rooms, garages, or basements were built without a permit or without following building codes.

4. If you’re buying an “as-is” foreclosed home or a short sale, a home inspection is even more important.

5. A home inspection report allows you to ask the seller for repairs and/or a price reduction or credit.

6. It can determine the current state of the building and tell you how long the home’s finishes have been in place.

7. Some insurance companies will refuse to insure a home if specific issues are discovered or if inspection certifications are missing.

It is your job to learn as much as possible about the home you may soon call your own. Home inspections disclose the property’s inner workings. Make certain you do not skip this step.

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