Get a Professional Home Inspection
You've probably seen the shows on TV where someone buys a new home and doesn't have it inspected prior to purchase. Invariably, right after they move in they find out that there is a major problem with the house that they wish they had known about before they purchased. A professional home inspection, while not a guarantee, could have helped.
There is no legal requirement to have a home inspection, but if you are purchasing a resale home you need to do so to protect your rights. We can recommend an inspector to you, or can work with your inspector if you already have one. We can also help you to find a specialty inspector if one is needed for your home (for example a structural engineer or someone to "scope" your sewer lines). The few hundred dollars that you will pay for a professional inspection provides legal protections to you and will provide peace of mind.
New construction homes and home inspections
Many buyers ask whether they should have a brand new home inspected prior to purchase. If you home comes with a warranty (a one year "bumper to bumper" warranty is typical on new construction), then you may decide to wait until after you've moved in and lived in the home to get an inspection. Your home has been inspected by the builder and the local building department, and none of its systems has experienced the wear and tear of everyday use. In this case you may chose to wait before having your home inspected. We can discuss your options with you.