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Buying a home is a big investment. Doing a home inspection can protect you by ensuring you don’t get less than you bargained for. There are two ways to arrange an inspection.

iStock_000008197815XSmallMethod one: If there’s enough time before we make an offer and we suspect you might get into a competitive situation (for a property with a “Holdback” date, that is, “No offers before xxx date”), we can arrange for a home inspector to come in before you even submit your offer – the cost to you will be approximately $300-400, depending on the size of the house. If there’s no ‘holdback’ date, of course, there’s a chance that someone else could make an offer on the home before you are ready. To reduce this risk, I can often get next-day service from a qualified home inspector on my recommended providers list.

Method two: The other option, and the most common, is to put a condition in the offer, stating that the agreement will be null and void unless you are satisfied with the inspection report. Usually you have 5 business days or 7 calendar days after acceptance of the offer to get an inspection done.   Most home inspection clauses give the Seller the option to remedy the problem, ensuring that any maintenance issues are taken care of before you take possession.

A qualified home inspector will give the home a thorough examination, checking the heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, basically all visible structures of the home. They’ll point out the need for major repairs, identify areas that may need attention in the near future, and explain what level of maintenance will be needed to keep the house in good shape. Most inspectors are more than happy to tell you about the home’s good qualities as well, so you can decide if it’s a good fit. The home inspectors I recommend will take the time to make sure you understand any issues with the property and their impact on the value, safety and livability of the home.




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