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Survey: Nearly 75 percent of homeowners say inspections prevented problems

Overwhelming majority of homeowners say home inspection is a necessity.

Overwhelming majority of homeowners say home inspection is a necessity.

Scheduling to have one's home inspected after moving into it may seem like a hassle, but according to a recent survey of U.S. homeowners, the overwhelming majority believe it's essential and are glad they had it done.

According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Home Inspectors, nearly three in four - 72 percent - of U.S. homeowners believe the home inspection process helped them avoid potential problems with their home later on. What's more, almost nine in 10 - 88 percent - said it was crucial to have a home inspection, not merely an option.

"ASHI's goals have always been to build customer awareness of the importance of a home inspection and to enhance the professionalism of home inspectors," said Kurt Salomon, ASHI president. "It is encouraging to know consumers are listening and understand the significance of protecting their largest single investment, their home."

Of course, new homes are inspected to make sure they're up to the proper codes, but inspections are performed multiple times over the life of a home as wear and tear can lead to significant damage or injury.