5. Home, Roof and Pest Inspections
I recommend the following 3 inspections at a minimum. Others inspections are available.
General home inspection: This inspection overly looks at plumbing, electrical, HVAC, noticeably worn, broken or improper items needing repair or replacement. Cost of repairs are not given, and must be obtained from independent bids. Although these inspections don’t check every inch of the home, they do provide an excellent overall professional view and opinion of the general condition of the home.
Pest inspection: Identifies damage caused by water, moisture and infestations such as mold, mildew, moss, fungus, critters, termites, boring beetles, bees, mice, rats, bats and so on. Cost of repairs and/or extermination are given.
Roof inspection: Identifies needed roof repairs and estimates, also estimates the remaining usable life of the roof. Cost of any needed repairs are given.
Numerous other target specific inspections are available such as testing for lead paint, asbestos, specific types of mold, radon gas, soil movement or soundness, foundation soundness, chimney soundness and many others you may choose to have done. Buyers sometimes order one or more of these other inspections from a suggestion to do so on one of the above three inspections.
What to expect: Inspectors typically find various things needing repair in a home. It’s their job. It is your opinion and decision if the needed repairs are too scary or costly to proceed with the purchase. If needed repairs are too extensive and obvious, most banks won’t loan on the property.
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