Buying a home may well be the largest financial investment you will ever make. Naturally you will want to know as much as possible about the property before you finalize the purchase at closing. I always recommend an inspection be done even on new homes to minimize the risk of encountering a serious unexpected issue after closing.
It's important to hire a knowledgeable, independent home inspector for advise on the overall condition of the property. The purchase contract usually requires specific time periods for each inspection, and it's critical that these time frames be met. The cost for any and all inspections and re-inspections are paid by the Buyer. Prices can range from $350 to $500 for whole-house inspections. Rural properties on well and septic require additional inspections and testing which could increase this amount by another $400-$500
Some examples of common inspections are:
Many companies specialize in only one area of inspection, and others will group several together and offer a package price. Whichever route you go, assure yourself you are getting the inspections you need. Many can be found in the yellow pages or your REALTOR® can provide a list to choose from.