If you are purchasing a resale property or new construction, we highly recommend that you have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection. The inspection will include the following:
- Air conditioning and heating
- Roof and Attic
- General Structure
The inspection is intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair (item that is structurally or functionally in disrepair, not cosmetic).
The seller may be willing to negotiate completion of repairs or a credit for completion of repairs, or you may decide that the home will take too much work and money.
I recommend that YOU be present at the inspection. This is to your advantage. You will be able to clearly understand the inspection report, and know exactly which areas need attention. Plus, you can get answers to many questions, tips for maintenance, and a lot of general information that will help you once you move into your new home. Most importantly, you will see the home through the eyes of an objective third party.
Time and fee guidelines for the inspection – The time necessary to properly inspect a home, as well as the fee charged by an inspector, varies according to market location, the size and age of the home, and the individual inspection company. However, you can expect that it will take an average of two to three hours to competently inspect a typical one-family, three-bedroom home, with an average cost of $250 to $500. Your agent may not be at the inspection, so notify your agent after the inspection is completed. Inspectors will usually provide copies of the report to you and your agent within 24 hours of the inspection.
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