A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and if 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 remaining useful life of major systems. A HOME is a big investment. You should spend the few hundred dollars to know the details of the home you are buying.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips. Either Ray or I will be with you at the inspections. We also have names and numbers of inspectors that we have worked with and trust.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $300-$700, depending on size, and needs.Does the property have a well system or septic system. These items are separate from the general inspection. Older homes require additional inspections for home owner insurance.
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from others or check the phone book under “Home Inspection.” Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience.