If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.
A formal property inspection is a normal part of a real estate transaction. Typically, buyers will include an inspection contingency with their offer, once the offer is accepted, the buyer has between 1 and 10 days to formally "inspect" the property.
I always advise my clients to hire a professional home inspector to give them a comprehensive report on the property. The items found on the inspection can be used to walk away from the property if necessary without any damage, negotiate the price down, or at the very least, help plan for major home maintenance needs later.
Below I offer the big ticket items I watch for when representing buyers on a transaction.