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What does a home inspection include?

A home inspection typically includes a thorough examination of the home’s structure, roof, electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC system, and interior and exterior components. The inspector will provide a detailed report highlighting any issues or potential problems.

Why should I get a home inspection?

A home inspection helps identify any existing or potential problems in a home, allowing you to make informed decisions about your purchase. It can also provide leverage for negotiations with the seller.

How long does a home inspection take?

Most home inspections take between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size and condition of the property.

Do I need to be present during the inspection?

While it’s not required, it’s highly recommended that you attend the inspection. This allows you to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the property’s condition.

What should I do to prepare for a home inspection?

Ensure all utilities are turned on, provide clear access to areas like the attic and crawl spaces, and remove any obstructions around appliances and systems that need to be inspected.

Can a home fail an inspection?

No, a home inspection is not a pass/fail assessment. It is an evaluation of the property’s condition and a report on any issues found.

What happens if the inspection reveals problems?

If issues are found, you can negotiate with the seller to make repairs, reduce the sale price, or potentially even withdraw your offer, depending on the severity of the problems.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The cost of a home inspection varies based on the size and age of the home, but you can typically expect to pay between $300 and $500.

Can a home inspection detect mold?

While a home inspection can identify signs of mold, it does not include mold testing. If mold is suspected, a separate mold inspection may be recommended.

What should I look for in a home inspector?

Look for a licensed and certified home inspector with good reviews and references. Ensure they have experience with the type of property you are buying and ask about the details of their inspection process and report.