WHAT IS A "HOME INSPECTION"? A home inspection is an unbiased visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. The standard home inspector's report will include an evaluation of the condition of the home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector will refer you to the appropriate specialist or tradesperson for further evaluation
Any home you buy, old or new, home, condo, cooperative, or townhouse should be thoroughly inspected by qualified professionals. You may ask why we recommend this. The main reason is that an inspection may reveal major defects that would have an effect on your safety or the value of the home. Cosmetic upgrades may be covering major structural, plumbling and/or electrical defects. Give yourself the peace of mind that the home you are considering will be "Home Sweet Home".
As a buyer, you are entitled to know exactly what you are getting. Don't take for granted what you see and what the seller or the listing agent tells you. A professional home inspection is something you MUST do, whether you are buying an existing home or a new one. An inspection is an opportunity to have an expert look closely at the property you are considering purchasing and getting both an oral and written opinion as to its condition. It will give you a much better understanding of the physical condition of the structure than would otherwise be known. Inspections usually take between 2-3 hours.
The following areas should be visually inspected
Beforehand, make sure the report will be done by a professional organization, such as a local trade organization or a national trade organization such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspection). Not only should you never skip an inspection, but also you should go along with the inspector during inspection. This gives you a chance to ask questions about the property and get answers that are not biased. In addition, the oral comments are typically more revealing and detailed than what you will find on the written report. Once the inspection is complete, review the inspection report carefully.
You have to demand an inspection when you present your offer. It must be written in as a contingency; if you do not approve the inspection report, then you don't buy. Most real estate contracts automatically provide an inspection contingency
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Inspections are not a warranty and the inspections is limited to the condition of the house at the time of the inspection and to what is visually accessible.
The cost of having an inspection done can vary according to where you live, the age and size of the house, its amenities and additional inspections needed such as well, septic and radon testing. Hiring the least expensive inspector is not always the smartest route to go. Hire the inspector because of his qualifications, experience, training and professional affiliations (example: ASHI).
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