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All About Home Inspections



When you are buying a home the whole process can be a bit daunting, especially when it comes to home inspections. But, the process is fairly simple and doesn't take long. Home inspections are required in order to complete the sale of a home, conducted by qualified professionals who do this day in and day out. This crucial piece of the puzzle is part of buying and selling a home, a necessary component to ensure the home is in good condition with no surprises down the road for the unsuspecting buyers. Everything from the foundation and structure of the home to the septic system and even the presence of lead is analyzed and tested.


The Process


Once your purchase contract for your home is "out of attorney review" it's time to call in a licensed, certified inspector to ensure the house is in the condition the seller claims it is. Your real estate agent should have a list of inspectors they work with on a regular basis (or we can provide a referral), so this part should be fairly easy. Once you've got your inspector lined up, make sure you get the time off work to attend. This is your right as the buyer. Your home inspector will go through the home to evaluate the structure as a whole, providing feedback on the various components such as roof, electrical system, heating and AC system, windows, plumbing and doors, according to Boston.com. The inspector will also look for obvious signs of mold, and test for asbestos, lead and radon. Some states do not require testing for things like lead paint and radon, so make sure your inspector does this testing, is qualified and is even licensed to perform it.


What to Expect


First off, plan on the inspection taking at least two to three hours, with the cost to you being about $500 for the average single-family home, says Realtor Mag. You can walk through the home with the inspector and ask questions as you go along. Your inspector should be readily agreeable to this for your peace of mind. Your inspector will take photos of any problem areas to corroborate his findings. He will work off a checklist as he goes through the home, creating the basis for his full report later. You should be provided a copy of the inspection report, typically available to all parties a few days or more after the inspection has taken place.