Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.
What's a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and or paid by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.
How do I Find a Home Inspector?
Your real estate agent is one source; you can also ask for referrals from friends. An inspector should be a member of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). ASHI has developed formal inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members. Membership to ASHI is not automatic; proven field experience and technical knowledge of structures and their various systems and appliances are a prerequisite. Rates for the service vary greatly. Below is a list of local inspectors who work in Iowa City and the surrounding areas.