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Benefits of Home Inspections

McNaughton_Home InspectionWhen it comes to being a home owner, it’s important to be thorough. Purchasing a home inspection is not only crucial, but it can end up saving you in the long run. Whether you have owned multiple homes or you and your newlywed are first-time home buyers, a home inspection provides many benefits.

Did you know 90% of home inspectors find issues that no one would ever know existed? But around 20 years ago, only 30% of homeowners were purchasing home inspections.

Viewing a house is a 20-minute experience, and in those 20-or-so minutes, there is no way you would be able to catch the small details or big problems that hide underground. Now, real estate agents and mortgage lenders see the benefits of home inspections and lean towards making it mandatory when buying or renting a house. The state of Arkansas has a regulated standard procedure to follow when a professional house inspector investigates your home.

Top-to-bottom, inside-and-out, a house inspector investigates the following: the grounds, structure, exterior surfaces, windows, walls, doors and wood trim, roof, attic, interior rooms, kitchen, bathroom, basement, crawl space, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling system, insulation, etc.

Some home inspectors do more than others, but most do more than the bare minimum. For an average 1300-1500 square foot house it will take about 2 to 2.5 hours. For a 2,000 square foot house, Fayetteville prices range from $250-$325.

Home inspections benefit buyers financially. The cost of paying hundreds upfront will save you thousands in the long-term to avoid any unexpected surprises in the future. A home that looks perfect on the surface may conceal problems you would otherwise be unaware of below the surface. If there are major problems, you could negotiate for a lower price.

Whatever life may bring, whether it’s a job transfer or a new addition to the family, a house inspection is worth it if you ever decided to purchase a new home.

Purchase your next home with McNaughton and visit for available homes in NWA area.

*Information in this blog was provided by Mitchell Erwin, owner of JPM Inspection Services, Inc. He can be contacted at  (479) 444-0708*

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5 Responses to “Benefits of Home Inspections”

  • It’s interesting how you said that 90% of home inspections find issues when they occur. Having a structural inspection service in addition to that would be really helpful because your home would then be sure to be strong. That way you don’t have to worry about losing money by selling your home with problems.

  • Seeing as I am going to be buying a new home come spring time, I do think it would be a good idea to have it all inspected before I buy it. As you said, it would have to be done at some time other than a viewing since you can’t possibly catch everything during the twenty or so minutes that you are there for. I’ll just be sure to hire someone who has been doing it for a while and has the experience to back it up.

  • Maybe a home inspection should be done before I buy a home since you mentioned that they investigate houses from top-to-bottom and inside-and-out. Since you pointed out that their rates are the bare minimum, I can save on costs knowing that an inspection has cleared my home of problems I can decide to face or not. I do agree that this can help me avoid unexpected surprises in the future as you said which is why I think I should greatly consider this before I buy a home.

    • Amber Parrish
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      We always recommend home inspections before you buy. Home inspectors have a trained eye to look for things that most of us wouldn’t see!

  • I love what you said about saving thousands in the long-term by hiring an inspector that can help you avoid unexpected surprises when buying a home. Inspectors are also beneficial because they can offer you expert advice due to their extensive experience. If I were to buy a home, I would hire an inspection service that could perform a thorough rundown of the house’s infrastructure and features.

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