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WHY

The purpose of the inspection process is to identify any habitability issues with the home and to ensure the buyer is comfortable with the condition of the property. Small cosmetic and “maintenance” items are not to be considered “issues” when addressing an inspection report.

WHO

The buyer typically pays for any/all home inspections. Ranging from $200-$500 depending on the size of the home. A whole house inspection usually takes between 2-3 hours. I recommend a buyer showing up for the last half hour to get an overview from the inspector.

WHAT

Option 1: Whole House inspection

A professional inspection should look at the following for defects or malfunctions.

  • Buildings Structure (important to note, the inspector is not a structural engineer, they will mark areas of concern, but a professional structural engineer may need to be brought in for further assessment.
  • Systems and Physical components such as the roof, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling
  • Floors surfaces, windows and doors
  • Detect pest infestations or dry rot and similar damage
  • The inspector should also examine the land around the house for issues concerning grading, drainage, retaining walls and plants affecting the house.

Important note: A whole house inspector is a jack of all trades and a master of none. 

Option 2: Specialized Inspections

A Buyer can choose to break down specialty inspections and pay for professionals to assess items of interest. Each professional will charge for an assessment.

  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Structure
  • Electrical

Option 3: Additional Inspections

  • Radon
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Lead Based paint ( homes built prior to 1976)
WHEN

The inspection process begins when a buyer/seller are officially under contract and all terms have been agreed upon. The buyer typically has 10 days to conduct any/all inspections. Followed by the post inspection period when repairs can be requested.

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