Why a Home Inspection?

A home inspection for a one-family home usually costs between $300-500. You may also pay more if you want additional inspections including pools, pests, radon. You often get what you pay for so make sure the inspector is State certified and is very experienced. The lowest priced inspector may not be the bargain in the end that you thought. Some buyers chose to do the inspection themselves. It is hard to be objective when you are emotionally attached. The job of the home inspector is to look at the overall condition of the home and to focus on the electrical, plumbing, roofing, foundation and mechanical components. Safety hazards are noted and should be addressed. Even when buying new construction, a buyer may elect to have a home inspector conduct a radon test. Certainly not a bad idea especially if the area has a history of radon or if the basement is going to be finished. Most Americans spend at least a third of their income on housing. It is a very important for all first-time buyers, move-up buyers and landlords to have the property inspected before making a purchase.

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