Home Inspection Should You Get One?
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A home inspection is a visual exam of the structure and systems of a house. It details problems with the property and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and the remaining useful life of major systems.
A report won’t cover defects that are not visible, inoperable systems (e.g., A/C during the winter), or code violations.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: but give the inspector space to do his or her job. If you are underfoot, the inspector may get thrown off his or her game paying attention to you instead of the task at hand.
You can ask the inspector questions when the job is done and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and may offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours, and expect charges of $200-$500 depending on the size of the home.
We recommend as a seller, you get an inspection before we put the home on the market. This way, you can make repairs or disclosures as need.
As a buyer, if no inspection was done before the house went on the market, you definitely want to make the investment.
A seller is not required to make repairs, but the buyer can use the report in negotiating (e.g., if repairs are made, the buyer will offer to pay more, otherwise the buyer will bid lower).
To hire an inspector, give me a call, I work with a few professionals who do a great job. All the Inspectors I work with have years of experience and are very thorough.