Home Inspections

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Home Inspections

A home inspection is a visual exam of the structure and systems of a house.  It details problems with the property and whether 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: you can ask the inspector questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and may offer maintenance tips.

Expect an inspection to take 2--4 hours (old homes may take longer), and expect charges of $200-$500 depending on size.

The seller is not required to make repairs but the buyer can use the report in negotiating (e.g., if a repair is made, the buyer will offer to pay more, otherwise the buyer will bid lower).

When hiring a home inspector, be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, professional training, and experience.

Whether you need the name of a good home inspector or a home maintenance professional, such as a plumber or electrician or reputable roofer, give me a call.  I'd love to connect you with a professional who will provide you with the high-quality service you deserve.