THE IMPORTANCE OF A HOME INSPECTION
If you have to make an offer before having a home inspection, make it conditional on a satisfactory inspection. This decision could save you thousands of dollars in the future and give you piece of mind.
IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS, YOU HAVE 3 OPTIONS:
1. You can walk away from the deal.
2. You can use the results to negotiate a better price.
3. You can give the seller a chance to remedy the problem.
THERE ARE 2 MAIN TYPES OF HOME INSPECTIONS:
- A walk through inspection at time of a viewing. This type of inspection is approximately $200 and in most case is just a verbal report at the time of the inspection. In a hot market some may see this as an opportunity to illuminate the need for a home inspection clause in the offer when it is submitted.
- A full home inspection. This is also known as a narrative report. The cost is usually $300-$500. This takes 3-4 hours and includes a copy of the full inspection.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A FULL HOME INSPECTION?
The home inspector meets you at the home you’re thinking of buying, and should take around 3-4 hours to carefully inspect the home. If the home inspection takes 45 minutes for instance, than the job was not properly performed. The home inspector’s main focus is structural, mechanical or other issues. It is a very involved and detailed process.
Most of the important items home inspector should check:
*Please note that a home inspector does not have to have a license to advertise as a home inspector and to perform a home inspection. Please exercise caution and request proof of skills, experience, certifications and qualifications.
- Mold, mildew and any unwanted moisture.
- Heating and air conditioner including the duct work
- Remedies for any defects
- Suggestions to improve the homes efficiency.