A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and help you get familiar with the home you are buying.. It is an over all report on the condition of the home. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems.
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.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $200-$500, depending on size.
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, like ASHI, training, and experience.
I have worked with many inspectors, and can refer a home inspector to you.
Once this process is completed, buyers and seller might negotiate on items that need repair.
Next, its on to the home appraisal!