The Home Inspection (not JUST for buyers!):

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Home Inspection:

A home inspection is rapidly becoming standard practice when potential buyers are considering a home. By having the home inspected BEFORE it is listed, you can avoid nasty surprises and make your home more attractive to buyers by attending to necessary repairs.

A pre-listing inspection can provide a list of potential upgrades that may help you sell faster and for a higher price.
A professional home evaluation of more than 1,600 items inside and outside the home is the core of the inspection. The home inspection industry is not regulated so be sure to research before you commit. Inspectors conduct a visual inspection of accessible systems and components of the home including:
• Structure and foundation
• Electrical systems
• Plumbing systems
• Roofs and Attics
• Basements and Crawl Spaces
• Gutters and Drainage
• Walls, Floors and Ceilings
• Porches and Decks
• Property and Site
• Furnaces in heating season
• Air Conditioning in cooling season
• Plumbing Fixtures in Kitchens and Baths
• Water Heaters
• A representative sampling of Lights and Receptacles
• A representative sampling of Windows and Doors
• Built-in Appliances

BE THERE during the inspection! A home inspection is not simply a laundry list of what is wrong with the home. In addition to documenting issues and needed repairs that may exist, a professional home inspector will also show the new buyer how to operate the various systems in the home and provide tips on improving energy efficiency and maintaining the home in general. And being present during the inspection will make the final written report that much more meaningful.
The Home Inspection industry in not regulated. Some inspectors are more thorough than others and prices do vary. Ask for references and a sample inspection report before you commit.
You may also want to consider purchasing a Home Warranty. Not only does it provide the buyer with peace of mind, it may also cover the seller while the home is on the market.
Home warranties usually run about $375.


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