Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties
Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky
proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars.
Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems
that are expensive to fix. However, in today's fast-paced "Seller's Market", winning offers typically will NOT have a home inspection contingency. That's right, you heard me correctly? How does this work, you may wonder? Often Buyers will have the home inspected prior to submitting an offer and if you're really lucky, the Seller may provide a Seller Procured Home Inspection Report. In any case, I am well versed in this aspect and can guide you so that you feel you are covered and competitive.
How do I find a home inspector?
With 22 years in the business, I certainly have my favorites. I offer you three options, minimally. You can ask for referrals
from friends. Ask for their credentials, such as contractor's license or
engineering certificate. Also, check out their references.
When possible, hire an inspector who belongs to one
of the home inspection trade organizations. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has developed formal
inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members.
Membership to ASHI is not automatic; proven field experience and technical
knowledge of structures and their various systems and appliances are a
prerequisite. You should expect to pay a minimum of $475 for a home and pest inspection, but costs go up with the scope of the inspection.