A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips. All homes unless new, normally have some maintenance items. Some are just "honey do list" and
part of home ownership. Others may be deferred maintenance the current owner should have attended too or more serious and costly repairs. The difficulty is knowing the difference. Your inspector and realtor can help.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $300-$500, depending on size.
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from others or check the phone book under “Home Inspection.” Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience.
We have a listed of home inspectors that our company has worked with good results with over the past years; we are happy to share.