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Home Inspection

Shirl Smith: Working hard to be your most referred REALTOR®! I encourage Buyers to have Home Inspections and recommend they be present at the time.

Buying a home may well be the largest financial investment you will ever make. Naturally you will want to know as much as possible about the property before you finalize the purchase.I recommend that you hire a knowledgeable, independent home inspector. Usually the cost for any and all inspections and re-inspections are paid by the buyer. Prices can range from $350 to $500. At the time of preparing a purchase contract I will discuss specific time periods for the inspection(s), and how they can be incorporated into the contract.DID YOU KNOW: A Home Inspector MAY NOT be making an assessment on the following:

Structural – Defects caused by poor construction, soil movement, water or drainage conditions, settlement, fire, etc.·

  • Environmental Hazards – Including asbestos, lead-based paint, radon gas or any other toxic material.·
  • Roof – Can include framing members, decking and shingle condition.·
  • EMP – Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing – Should include electrical and plumbing systems, built-in appliances, heating and cooling systems, swimming pool/spas, sprinkler systems and security systems.·
  • Termite – Report would show any visible infestation or visible damage caused by and wood destroying organism (termites, water damage, wood rot).
  • Many companies specialize in only one area of inspection, and others will group several together and offer a package price. Whichever route you go, be sure you are getting the inspections you need.