A home inspection is an important part of the home buying process. We recommend including it in any offer to purchase as a condition of the sale.
Problems discovered during an inspection conducted before the sale closes are the burden of the seller to remedy. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, over 90% of closed real estate transactions have a home inspection.
In most cases, the buyer orders the inspection from a professional they choose. Inspectors typically charge between $200 and $500 for the inspection and a report of their findings. Accompany the inspector as they tour the home so you can discuss their findings.
Your inspector will look for any major deficiencies in the home’s mechanical systems… things like plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical. They will also review the structural integrity of the home’s windows, doors, roofing and foundation.
Give the seller the option to rectify any deficiencies prior to the closing so you know exactly what you are getting when you turn the key to your new home.