Everything looks great. You’ve made your offer, you’re packed and you’re ready to move in.

But is everything in good shape?

If you’ve hired a home inspector, you’ll know for sure. If you haven’t… well, let’s just say there’s still time.

Hiring a home inspector is an absolute must when you’re purchasing a home.

Hiring a Home Inspector

Your Visalia real estate agent has probably already told you this, but in case you need to hear it again, there’s no excuse for not hiring a home inspector. That would be like buying an entire rack of shoes without even looking at the sizes.

The reality is that if you don’thirea home inspector—and a good one, at that—you run the risk of being surprised by all sorts of problems.

Most home inspections take about three hours; they’re longer if the house is larger or if the inspector uncovers major issues.

The purpose of hiring a home inspector is to ensure that you know exactly what you’re getting. After all, a home is a huge purchase (and one that you’ll be paying for over the next 15 to 30 years). If you don’t know which problems exist in the home, you won’t be able to set up the right plan.

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