Home Inspections: what they are and what they are NOT!
I can't stress this enough!
The MAIN purpose of a home inspection is to uncover any latent, structural or safety defects in the home that are not easily apparent, should they exist.
The home inspection is also a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about your new home, how it functions and how you can best maintain and improve upon it.
You should BE PRESENT!
It is NOT, as some believe, an opportunity to renegotiate the sales price. For example, if you see that the driveway needs repair, figure that into your offer price .
The same is true for cosmetic details such as worn out floors or chipped paint. This will avoid unnecessary conflict down the road.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) depending on the size of the home and the amount of questions asked.
You can expect charges of $400-$700 depending on size of home and level of detail provided by the inspector in his report i.e pictures and diagrams.
The seller is not required to make repairs, but that does not mean the buyer can't ask. If it's a major issue, chances are this would be a problem down the road for any buyer so the seller will likely address. This is where good communication among your team of hired professionals (realtor, inspector, & attorney) is key!
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from your Realtor . Ask for a sample of the report to see if you like their style. Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, professional training, and experience.