Home Inspections or No Home Inspections?
A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and help you learn about the home's systems, mechanicals, roof and windows. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems. In today's hot real estate market, some buyer's will do a pre-inspection before submitting an offer, and then waive their home inspection contingency on their Offer.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: bring a notebook to take notes. Jot down how often to change the filters on the furnace or the location of the water shut off valve. Ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-4 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $200-$500, depending on size.
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from friends or family members, check the phone book under “Home Inspection"or ask your real estate agent, Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience.