Inspections - should I?5/8/2020
Home Inspections: One common question is “Should I get a home inspection” and the answer is probably! Home inspectors are trained to look at areas of a home that home owners may not be familiar with. However, they cant see inside walls, and I don’t know any inspectors that can predict the future, but they may be able to spot a problem you never saw. They are not emotionally involved so they are a good source for a second opinion about whether the home is safe and sound. Some of the things home inspectors evaluate are: roof, structure, electrical, heat, ventilation, plumbing, drainage. If there are areas of the home that seem questionable they may call for a more specific inspection like an electrician, roof inspector, foundation, but with the general inspection at least you can find out if the home systems are functioning correctly. Why did I say maybe? If you are buying a “fixer upper” and know you have numerous repairs, you may be comfortable without an inspection. An appraisal and a home inspection are 2 different things. An appraiser looks for the value of the home, and will be sure it meets the loan requirements. Some loans have the appraiser request any needed repairs to fit the loan program. The home inspection will evaluate many areas of the home and will give you a detail report of their findings. Costs for home inspections can be $350-600 dollars. Seems like a small price to pay to know what works and what may not!