Get a Home Inspection

You are not required to obtain a home inspection, but at approximately $350-500, it may be a procedure you are very glad to have requested.  Your inspection report may provide reason to return to the price negotiations with the Seller, and even in cases wherein you don’t choose to go that route, you will have the depth of information that may help to prevent expensive surprises after you’ve purchased the property.  You may be surprised to know that even if you are purchasing a newly-constructed home, you should still consider an inspection.  New homes tend to have fewer issues, but any issue should come to your attention at this stage in the process.

You want to know the overall condition of the home, including the age and functionality of all major systems (electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning), appliances and structural components.  The report will details any structural defects caused by poor construction, soil movement, water or drainage conditions, settlement, concealed or repaired fire damage; environmental hazards like lead-based paint, asbestos, and radon gas; roof framing and shingles; and the active or prior presence of pests, such as mice, carpenter ants and termites.

Having the home inspected is your right and your responsibility as the Buyer, thus, you will need to pay for the inspection.  Your Agent will have names of several home inspectors with whom we’ve worked on many occasions, but you are always welcome to contact a different company, if you’d prefer. 

At a minimum, request that the home inspector provides you copies of the firm’s Errors and Omissions Insurance and a written report at the completion of the inspection process.

We also recommend that the firm be members of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors).