All About Home Inspections

When buying a home, the general rule of thumb is to get a home inspection. Think of it as a test drive before you throw all your money towards one of the biggest investments of your life. You need to make sure you're getting a quality home. Below are a list of all the need to knows about home inspections.

WHY GET AN INSPECTION?

     The home inspection is an examination of a home from top to bottom. Just like a doctor checkup, a home inspection notifies you of any structural repairs that need to be taken care of. Buying a home is a big purchase, so when purchasing you want to make sure you're buying a good, quality home. 99%of all agents advise the buyers to get an inspection.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

     Buying a home will be an expensive endeavor, so it only makes sense to buy the best. So hire a professional when selecting a home inspector. A professional will understand the home's system You can search for a professional in your area at Nabie.org.

WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTOR CHECK?

     A home inspector will conduct a visual inspection from the room to the foundation. He/She looks at the roof, insulation, attic, heating and air-conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, walls, ceilings, windows, floors, basement, and the foundation. They will also look at the outside of the property like, roof, driveways, fences, and overall grading of the property.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

     The average inspection of a single-family home should take 2-3 hours.

WHAT'S THE COST?

     The fee for the home inspection differs, depending on size, location, age, and the services being performed. Example would be if the home is being checked for radon, or if the septic system is being examined. The average price for a single family home inspection is $300-$500.

HOW DO I GET THE RESULTS?

     The quality home inspectors will provide a printed copy of the results. Any inspector you're considering to hire, ask them what kind of report they will make, and what all is included in that report. The report should note what systems in the home are defective, and what needs repairs. Also ask how long it will take to get the report back to you.

WHAT SHOULD THE RESULTS TELL ME?

     Your inspection should tell you the overall condition of your home. It will also tell you what systems need to be repaired, the severity of repairs, and what it should cost. You can use the report of your inspection as your next step.

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