A Home Inspection is an objective, visual examination of the structure and systems of a house by a licensed home inspector from the foundation to the roof. The home inspector will check the foundation, basement, structural components, roof, walls, heating system, plumbing and electrical systems, insulation, and even appliances.
Buying a home is a huge investment. To minimize surprises, it is your right to hire a home inspector to check out the house. He will point out repairs you may need, maintenance issues and maybe even a defect you were unaware of. You usually have ten days to have your inspection done after you sign your purchase and sale to make sure there are no issues with the house that you were unaware of. If something major is found, you will have the opportunity to bring it up with the seller to make repairs or perhaps renegotiate the price. After a home inspection is not a time to renegotiate over items that were present when you put your offer in, but rather if something comes up that you were unaware of at the time of your offer.
If you are selling a house, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will optimize your chance in selling your home.
Home inspections can run anywhere between $500 to $1000 dollars. You may choose to add other inspections such as termite or pest as well as water which could run you more.
A home inspection is not a test, but rather a way for you to better know the house you are buying. It is a good idea to be present and follow your inspector around to hear what he has to say as he examines the house.
Where do you find a home inspector? Your real estate agent can suggest a home inspector for you to use or you can contact the American Society of Home Inspectors for a list of home inspectors in your area.
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