A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and main systems of a house from the the roof to the foundation. It is non-invasive and generally performed during the due diligence period of the sale of that home.
Conducted by a professionally trained and certified person, an inspector will check the roof, basement, crawl space, attic, heating and air systems, water heater, building structure and exterior, plumbing and electrical systems, windows and doors as well as the foundation of the home looking for things that require repair, are in need of general maintenance, or may be safety hazards.
During the inspection, the buyer is certainly not required to be present, most inspectors recommend that they are – it gives the buyer a chance to learn and ask questions. Once the inspector completes his inspection, he prepares a report for the client. There is no pass, fail, or grade given in an inspection; it is simply the condition of a home. With this report in hand, the buyer is in a better position to decide whether to negotiate repairs with the seller before finalizing the contract or terminate the contract altogether.
Realtors will always recommend that their buyer get an inspection in order to minimize unexpected problems and become aware of potential costly expenses. While inspections cost between $250 and $500 (costs depends on the size of the home), cost should not be a factor in deciding whether or not to have an inspection performed because the knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost.
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