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  1. Why should I hire a home inspector?
    • Most people are not intimately familiar with the workings of construction and all mechanical systems. A good home inspector has taken extensive training prior to entering the field and also undergoes on-going training in order to do this work. As trained home inspectors, they learned about the inner workings of different types of heating systems, air conditioning, roofing, building construction, plumbing, electrical, among the other things that are found in a house...

  2. What general home inspection checks?
    • Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles. Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters. It does not include a guarantee of roof condition nor a roof certification...

  3. Why should I hire my own home inspector?
    • Your agent will often recommend the name of a home inspector to you, it is preferable that you hire someone that you find on your own to do the inspection. Because the price that the home sells for determines the amount of commission that your realtor will receive, there is a benefit to them if their inspector quotes a higher value on the home. If the realtor actively endorses an inflated quote from the inspector that they recommend you use, then the arrangement is probably not just unethical but also illegal. A shady inspector might also inflate quotes out of a feeling of obligation to an agent who sends them business as well; without ever being asked to...

  4. What a home inspection report looks like?
    • Make sure you ask home inspector to send you a sample report before you hire him/her...

  5. Cost of home inspecion
    • The cost of a home inspection varies a little across the country, according to the American Society of Home Inspector's Business Operations Study 2005, the average cost of a complete home inspection is around $318.00. With the median home price around $218,000.00 (National Association of Realtors? 11/28/2005) the cost of the average home inspection is approximately .15% (that's fifteen hundredths of a percent) of the cost of the home. This is a very small expense to know that the home you are about to purchase is in acceptable condition...

  6. Signs of good Inspector
    • Check Inspector license if applicable. Some states, but not all, have some sort of standards of practice, licensing or education requirement to inspect a home. If you live in a state with a licensing requirement, request a copy of the state standards of practice from your inspector.The standards of practice vary from state to state so it is also wise to obtain a copy your inspector's professional standards of practice. There are two professional standards: American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. Obtaining these standards is very important for those of you who are purchasing a home in a non-licensed state with no standards...

  7. After home inspection...
    • After home inspection, you will get a list of problems. All these problems can be put into 2 categories: Serious and Non-Serious problems...

  8. What is home inspection contingency?
    • Without a contingency, buyers cannot require sellers to make necessary repairs, regardless of the house‚Äôs condition, that are not stipulated in the sales contract. Buyers cannot also void the contract even if the home requires major repairs upon purchase.

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