Personal » Lending Solutions » Home Loans » Resource Center » Home Inspections Home Inspections When purchasing a home, it is always a good idea to spend the money for a professional home inspection. A home inspection can reveal minor to major repairs that you may not recognize on your own. A thorough inspection will include evaluating the home’s exterior, the systems within the home and more. Below are some highlights on why you should consider a professional home inspection. No Surprises. A home inspection should identify defects. When defects are identified prior to taking ownership this enables the homebuyer to negotiate repairs or price adjustments within the contract prior to closing. This helps to minimize possible unpleasant surprises and unexpected costs for repairs after you purchase your home. Full Examination. When you hire a professional home inspector they will do a full examination of the home. They will review the structure of the home, including the roof, attic, walls, ceiling, floors, windows, doors and foundation, as well as the furnace/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems . How Much. The cost of a home inspection can vary depending on the house size, age and possible additional services. Let A Pro Do It. Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. He or she understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they can or may fail.