Four years ago, we were on the hunt for a new home to accomodate our growing family (which is about to become FIVE – whaaaaaaaat) and we found a fixer upper that we decided to put an offer on. Our home inspector recommended that we get a structural engineer to perform an additional inspection because of what he saw in the basement – thankfully, we listened. He found a structural issue that would require $25k just to make the house structurally sound. With all of the work that we had already planned to put into this fixer upper, that extra chunk of change broke the bank and we decided to back out. We ended up in a new build (completely opposite direction, I know) and still went through a home inspection because you just never know! Just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it works or was done properly. Especially if you’re a first time (or even second time) home buyer, you don’t have a clue what to even look for. Inspections will not only identify problem areas, but they are very informative and useful in teaching you how you’ll need to care for everything in your new house. The initial investment is well worth it and can end up saving you a lot of money and headache down the road. Don’t think that it’s worth waiving the inspection contingency to make your offer more competitive – you’re likely only hurting yourself.