There are normally 2-3 types of inspections on a home purchase.
- Standard home inspection,
- Appraisal (inspection done on behalf of the bank) and a
- Survey which is to inspect where the property boundaries are located.
A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. Once completed, you will receive a report that you can refer to when asking the seller to potentially repair the requested items. It is not guaranteed that all the items will be repaired/replaced, but it does not hurt to just ask.
The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $400-$800, depending on size and any additional test like Mold, Radon, Lead-based paint, Termite and or Environmental.
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from me and your friends. Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience.
Contact me for any real estate questions.