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.
What’s a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector — often a contractor — inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and are paid by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.
How do I find a home inspector?
Your Realtor is an excellent source. Inspectors can also be found online or you can ask for referrals from friends. Ask for the inspector’s credentials, such as contractor’s license or an engineering certificate. Also, check out their references.
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. Rates for the service vary greatly. Many inspectors charge about $400-800, but costs go up with the scope of the inspection.
What is a sewer lateral inspection?
A homeowner is responsible for their sewer line from the house to the City connection in the street. The condition of the sewer line can very greatly, so this is an important inspection as well, possible needed repairs can run from a few hundred dollars to $8,000.