Before you make your home purchase, you will  want to have it inspected by a  professional.  Home inspections help you avoid unpleasant surprises after you move into the home.  Getting an inspection on an older home is crutial because age often takes its toll on the roof and other hard to reach areas.  Problems can also be the result of neglect or hazardous repair work, such as a past owner’s failed attempt to install or fix something.  An inspection is an objective thorough examination of the home and everything that comes with it.  The standard inspection report includes a review of the home’s heating and air conditioning systems; plumbing and wiring; roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and basement.  It is wise to have a new home inspected because new homes often have defects, whether caused by an oversight during constrcution or simply human error.  However, most builders guarantee their work and will fix any problems you have.  Most builders also offer a one year warranty on the home.

I can recommend an experienced unbiased home inspector for you to use.  The home inspection will cost you a few hundred dollars, depending on the size of the home and location.  It is money well spent.