How a Home Inspection Works
In the process of closing a home sale, a buyer typically hires a home inspector to come to the house and perform a visual observation to identify the state of the home or address any major mechanical issues.
A buyer’s inspection occurs after the buyer has made an offer on the home, and before closing the sale. Most home inspectors will provide answers to any questions you may have during the home inspection, so it’s a good idea to go to the inspection and hear the findings firsthand.
There are seven major things that home inspectors look for:
- Water Damage
- Structural Issues
- Old/Damaged Roof
- Damaged Electrical System
- Plumbing Problems
- Insect and Pest Infestation
- Issues with the HVAC System
Wondering how much an average home inspection costs? The average home inspection ranges between $300-$500 and the cost will be determined based on the size of your home, where you live, and what you want to have inspected. An average inspection will take anywhere between two to three hours and after a home inspection, the buyer may be able to renegotiate their offer or request repairs if certain issues come up.
If you’d like to know more about how a home inspection works and how a home inspection could affect your own specific home sale, speak to your real estate agent about what works best for you. A good real estate agent will have trusted experts in their corner, ready to come in and confirm or deny inspectors’ findings!