Imagine, your offer to purchase on the home you fell in love with was accepted by the seller and now you need to make sure the property doesn’t have any major surprises like structural, electrical, or even plumbing issues. Inspection day can be stressful, but also a great time for you to learn more about the home you are purchasing before you commit to buying it, one thing that can help with the stress is hiring a reputable home inspector.
When searching for a good home inspector, your buyer’s agent can provide you with some recommendations, or you can do a search online for home inspectors licensed in your state. It is always a good idea to check the ratings and online reviews, prior to choosing an inspector, to help in making the best choice. Cost can also help in determining your choice. The cost often ranges from $400 to $600 depending on the home you are having inspected, factors such as if it is a single family or multi family home, the home’s age, and square footage can also affect the price.
Before your inspection, you should be sure to review the seller’s disclosure statement, if available, to see if there is anything that you are concerned about or would like the inspector to take a closer look at. In addition, you will want to talk to your inspector about any other inspections or testing he or she would recommend based on the home such as radon levels, lead paint, comprehensive water testing, etc.
During the home inspection, it is recommended that you accompany the inspector room by room so that they can point out any concerns at the time they are discovered and to answer any questions you may have. Also, be prepared to stay a while, home inspections vary greatly in time length from as short as an hour to longer than 4 or even 5 hours. Once your inspection is complete, we recommend that you ask your inspector to recap the main issues and concerns found and further discuss whether follow up inspections by specialists are recommended.
After the home inspection, a report will be sent to you, typically within a day or so. If there are any other questions you still have after reviewing your report, you should reach out directly to your inspector for guidance.
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