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Getting a home inspection

After signing a contract of sale, you may want to consider paying for a home inspection, which will identify any physical defects or environmental conditions.  The contract of sale typically gives buyers a certain number of days to have an inspection.  Depending on the circumstances of the transaction note that if you are purchasing a short sale or foreclosure that is to be sold in “as is” condition, you may be unable to perform a home inspection, or have any items identified during an inspection repaired.

Here are some questions you may ask the home inspector:

  • What does the inspection cover?
      - A good inspection should cover structure, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, interiors, and ventilation.  Also consider testing for Radon gas and the spetic system if applicable,
  • How long have you been inspecting residential buildings? 
       - Make sure the inspector has experience working with homes, and not just commercial properties.
  • Can I attend the inspection?
       - An inspector should allow you to be present for the inspection.  If they don’t, consider it a red flag.
  • How long does the inspection take?  How long will it take to produce the report?


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