Ask Gerald: Do I Really Need a Home Inspection?

Q: Hi Gerald, I’m buying my first house, I’m pretty handy, do I really need to get a home inspection? Zach, Minneapolis, MN
A: Yes, although it does cost extra money that I’m sure you don’t want to spend, it makes sense to pay for a professional home inspector to inspect a property before you buy it. I’ve been a real estate investor for almost 15 years and even I can benefit from a 2nd set of eyes. I get home inspections on every property I buy. The home inspector should prepare a detailed report for you. To choose the best home inspection company in your area you may want to ask for referrals from people you know and trust and ask different inspection companies to provide you with a sample inspection report so you can compare how thorough or detailed each company is. Thanks for your question, Zach. For more real estate tips and for information on my real estate coaching program, visit I’m Gerald Lucas and I’ll see you again soon.