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Darlene Davis

Darlene
Davis

Sales Representative,

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:

  • Structural - Defects caused by poor construction, soil movement, water or drainage conditions, settlement, fire, etc.
  • Environmental Hazards - Including asbestos, lead-based paint, radon gas or any other toxic material.
  • Roof - Can include framing members, decking and shingle condition.
  • EMP - Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing - Should include electrical and plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems. Pools, sprinklers and alarm systems are specialized inspections which are typically in addition to your home inspection.
  • Termite - Report would show any visible infestation or visible damage caused by any wood destroying organism (termites, water damage, wood rot).
  • Septic - should include tank and drainage bed.
  • Well - testing pump for volume and pressure, water potability

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.