Does every house need to be inspected by a professional before closing?

KarenAbsolutely! It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a 150-year-old historic home or a new build; you’ll want to pay for a professional home inspection. In fact, make your offer contingent upon the results of the inspection. That way you can negotiate any needed repairs or, if need be, walk away from the sale.

A typical inspection will look at all of these:

  • HVAC system
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Electrical system
  • Roofing
  • Attic and visible insulation
  • Walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
  • Basement
  • Foundation and structural components

You may have to get separate inspections for wells, septic systems and termites. A home inspection will cost anywhere from $175-$500 depending on the type of inspection, square footage, or if a wind mitigation inspection will be completed; but it sure beats making a mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars.

So, don’t forget the inspection or you could end up with a money pit that sucks all your cash out of your wallet.


– karen

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