If you've found the perfect home, you just want to move in as soon as possible. Before you do that, though, you need to do one other thing: get a home inspection. We cannot stress it ennough - performing a home inspection is entirely necessary, despite how "in shape" you think your home is. Here are some home inspection benefits:
Peace of mind.
When your home is inspected, hard-to-see areas (such as the roofing, attic, fireplace and chimney) will be thoroughly searched. When this happens, you can rest assured that no major or minor flaw will be left unexposed. That way, when you move into your house, you won't have any unexpected surprises and can make your purchase with maximum confidence.
Gauge home's repair needs.
Even if there aren't any glaring issues with your home, you might find that there is some wear and tear due to the home being neglected or just older. When you order a home inspection, you will bring issues to light that maybe the previous homeowners weren't even aware of, such as a decaying foundation or exposed roofing. You'll be far better equipped to talk pricing, repairs, or if the property is worth your time at all.
Knowing home's overall condition.
You might even be surprised by some of the findings of the home inspection and learn some new details about your home. In perhaps rare but possible cases, owners may be glad to see hardwood floors underneath the carpet etc. This could in a way backfire, of course, and you can learn some disturbing details about the house that the seller clearly should have disclosed. In this case, you'll be properly prepared to dispute whatever issues have come up with the seller now as opposed to dealing with an ugly lawsuit later.