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Should I Get a Home Inspection?

What Should it Include?

By: Denise Fleischmann

A home inspection is an invaluable tool in helping the first time homebuyer to make the decision as to whether to complete the purchase of  a home. For a small fee, usually paid at the time of the inspection, the homebuyer will learn about the home’s condition, what repairs may be necessary, and what maintenance may be required in the future.

 A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. The purchase of a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime and a home inspection costs only a small fee in comparison. A home inspection helps ensure homebuyers of the quality of their investment by making them aware of its condition and alerting them to any concerns before they complete the purchase of their home. A home inspection gives the buyer the opportunity to opt out of the purchase of the home, to ask the repairs be completed before the purchase of the home, or ask for credit off the agreed upon price to enable the repairs to be made.

First time homebuyers should always make their purchase of a new home contingent on a home inspection.  A home inspection provides peace of mind and a greater understanding of their investment.

What does a home inspection include?
According to The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.  They publish a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.



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