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Home Inspections 101.
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A very important step in purchasing a home is having a home inspection.

When making an offer on a home, usually a home inspection contingency is stipulated in order to protect the buyer from purchasing a home with defects that can not be recuperated.

When hiring a home inspector there are a few things that need to be taken in consideration. An effective inspection must include but not be limited to information on:

  • The structure of the home
  • The exterior including doors and windows, siding, driveways, sidewalks, decks, porches, balconies etc.
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Interiors which include: walls, ceilings, floors, railings, steps, stairways, cabinets, countertops, garage door and garage doors systems
  • Fireplaces
  • Ventilation system
  • Insulation system
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"Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary..."

For more information on home inspections please visit www.ashi.org

Here are a few things you might want to learn about your home inspector before hiring him/her.

  1. Find out if their inspection meets state requirements and standards of practice and code of ethics. Please check these codes on www.ashi.org  or www.nahi.org

  2. Find out if they belong to a home inspector association and they have a membership ID.

  3. Do they perform mostly residential inspections?

  4. Do they also perform repairs? This could constitute a conflict of interest.

  5. How long will it take to inspect the home. A home inspection should be no less than 2 hours for it to be thorough. How long will it take to receive a report? Ask for a sample report.

  6. The price of the home inspection should be between $275-$350 for a 1000-3000 square feet single family home.

  7. Ask if you can attend the inspection. It is in your best interest.


    For more information about home inspections, please visit: http://www.sarinspections.com

 

 

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