In short: Any homeowner or soon-to-be homeowner. Home inspections are much deeper than a formality during a real estate transaction.
Home inspections have become the norm when purchasing a home. With the stress and excitement of buying a home, even the handiest of buyers often put their blinders on and look beyond issues. Hiring a home inspector provides an unbiased analysis of the home and its systems. Inspectors are also trained to investigate clues which could indicate deeper rooted issues.
What about new construction? Haven’t they been inspected already?
It is true that new homes have been inspected by a local municipality’s building department. However, these inspectors are only inspecting the home to Michigan Residential Code. The “Code” is essentially the minimum allowable standards. Codes tend to overlook craftsmanship or longevity of the systems. A home inspection will look further in depth, ensuring you are purchasing a safe and well-built home.
Home sellers can also benefit from having their home inspected before it goes on the market. A Pre-Listing Inspection can help prevent surprises when the buyer hires their own inspector. It also allows the home to be certified as Move-In Ready, another selling point.
Home inspections are also extremely helpful to established homeowners. Once folks are in their home for a while, they often tend to overlook minor imperfections or maintenance items. These items compound and turn into much more severe issues. An annual maintenance inspection helps homeowners keep tabs on their home, without the pressure of a salesperson from a contracting company.