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Your Daily Dose of Dave – April 1, 2011




Why Smart Homebuyers Hire Home Inspectors

Professionals Only—Do Not Attempt This By Yourself!

Home inspections are an indispensable part of the home-buying process. Buying a home without one is the same as buying a car without even kicking the tires. Any good real estate agent will recommend you include a home inspection clause when you make an offer on a house. That usually means you’ll be paying for the inspection, so you need to know what you’re getting for your money.

The Value of a Home Inspector

An inspection includes structural elements such as the roof, foundation, walls, windows, doors, insulation, basement or crawlspace and attic. Electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems are also part of a home inspection. It can even include examination of appliances and should also report any evidence of termites. Once the inspection is complete, a home inspector provides a written, comprehensive report detailing any issues with the home. Some important things to remember about home inspection reports:
  • No home is perfect. It is not uncommon for a report to include 50 or more issues.
  • This is not “pass” or “fail.” The inspection gives you the information you need to decide whether or not to buy the home “as is” or negotiate with the seller to either fix (some of) the problems or reduce the price.
  • This is not a warranty. The report identifies issues found the day of inspection and cannot predict problems that may arise a few months or a few days down the road.

You Are Not A Home Inspector

With that said, it’s a good idea to accompany your home inspector so you can ask questions and see the good and not-so-good for yourself.

How to Find a Good Inspector

Check out the American Society of Home Inspectors,, for more information on selecting an inspector. Home inspection fees vary but are usually well under $1,000. Considering how much an inspection can save you by avoiding potential disasters, it’s money well spent. If you’re ready to start house hunting, don’t go at it alone. Work with one of Dave’s real estate Endorsed Local Providers who will help you find a great deal on a home.
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