A home inspection is a non-biased visual evaluation of the accessible components and systems of the home, townhouse, condominium, or multi family you are purchasing.
A home inspection is one of the most valuable services available to any buyer in a residential real estate transaction. When you were at the property did you check all of the following: Operate all the kitchen appliances? Did you turn on all the lights, check receptacles, find any issues in the electrical panel? Operate and check all plumbing for leaks? How was the water heater and how old was it? Where the main cutoffs located? Was the furnace working, vent connected, any gas leaks? Was the air conditioning system cooling properly? Did you check for roof leaks or check areas where there could be roof leaks? Was the attic well insulated and vented? Did you notice any mold? How was the drainage around the house? How was the foundation? Any cracks in the foundation wall or rotten floor joist? What about defective plumbing products like polybutylene pipe? How old is the water heater, furnace, air conditioning system. or roof? Repairs or replacement of any of the above items could easily cost more than the typical home inspection of $300 to $500 or more depending on the size of the home. You might could forgo a home inspection if you anwered yes to all of the above. However most sellers will not negotiate repair issues, unless the home is inspected by a certified home inspector. When you are buying "as is" you owe it to yourself to know the condition of the property and what your future expenses could be. There is nothing worse than moving into a home a finding out the furnace or air conditioning system needs to be replaced.