Real estate purchases are one of the most costly that the average person will have in their lifetime so having the home you are considering purchasing inspected prior to closing, by a professional home inspector, can save you thousands on unexpected repairs after the purchase. While this inspection may cost a few hundreds dollars, look at it as a form of insurance since even new properties can have flaws that you would not know to look for. An example of a serious problem would be a crack in the dwelling’s foundation that could result in several other structural problems related to it.

On the other hand, an inspection can be a useful seller’s tool as well, indicating that the house is in sound condition for the new owner. To ease selling your home, after an inspection some inspectors offer password-protected links to your full report on-line, so sellers can direct potential buyers to the report even before they see the house. The inspection is also helpful to sellers as it gives them a heads up to potential problems that they may wish to repair prior to the buyer’s inspector finding them. This would help the seller avoid the heartbreak of seeing a great sale disappear because of an unexpected complication found just before closing.

Additionally maintenance inspections can provide peace of mind for homeowners by giving them advance notice of possible impending problems or knowledge that everything is ship shape and all systems are go for the upcoming season. This is especially helpful in areas like the far end of the crawl space underneath a house or the far corner of the attic where few homeowners ever venture but where problems such as water leakage could first be spotted and therefore easily repaired before the problem became a major expense.

If you have never had a home inspection, you will be surprised at how thorough it is. Most inspections take a minimum of two hours but many stretch to as long as four hours and looks at every area of the house from the basement to the roof. The report itself will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system; interior plumbing; and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, and the foundation, basement, and structure. The average cost is between $250 and $350 depending on the size, condition, and geographic area of the home, as well as, if any special tests are required such as radon testing. Lastly, when hiring an inspector make sure he is licensed and has at least five years experience to insure that he has a reputation you can check out.

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