For most of us, purchasing a home will be the biggest investment we will ever make. The process of buying a home is often as stressful as it is rewarding, having to deal with loans, negotiations and mountains of paperwork. The last thing you want to have to deal with is an unforeseen problem with your future investment. This is why having a professional home inspection is so critical. In fact, your Brentwood realtor recommends you get an inspection.

Every home, even the ones that have just been built, has its secrets. A home inspection will not only reveal these secrets, but offer you, the home buyer, a certain degree of confidence in your purchase. If that last statement wasn’t enough to fully convince you to get a home inspection, perhaps the following reasons will sway you.


An inspection of the home you wish to buy can detect safety issues like carbon monoxide, radon and mold, something in which all homes should be tested for. If such hazards are discovered, you have several options to choose, including opting out of an offer to buy.

Illegal Installations and Additions

A home inspection can reveal whether basements, rooms or garages were completed or altered without proper permits or did not follow code. Homes with illegal rooms or rooms that are not permitted can lead to insurance issues and the value of the home will be affected. You don’t want such a problem to be discovered after you have purchased the home and the cost to fix it lie on you.

An “Out”

A home inspection reveals critical information about the house you want to buy. It makes you aware of the problems the house might have and what it may require for them to get fixed. If you don’t like what the inspector has found, it is one last opportunity to back out of an offer.


Home inspectors are even more diligent when inspecting homes that are being sold “as is” or property that is in short sale or has been foreclosed. Houses that have been empty for awhile or all boarded up are at a higher risk for health concerns like mold. It is also not all that uncommon for foreclosed homes to have anything of value stripped from them including copper plumbing and sump pumps.

Reveal the Big Picture

When somebody falls in love with a house, they love the property based on the location of the home, the color of the walls and the game room and are completely blind to the issues that can turn their dream home into a nightmare.


Some insurance companies will not insure a home if certain conditions are discovered.

It is in your best interest to understand as many details as possible about the property you want to own. Home inspections are the best way to reveal the inner workings of the property, allowing you to be informed of the pitfalls and perks the home you want to buy has to offer.