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Buying a Home - What does a home inspector do, and how does a home inspection figure when buying a home?

An inspector checks the safety of your potential new home. Home Inspectors focus especially on the structure, construction, and mechanical systems of the house and will make you aware of only repairs.

The Inspector does not evaluate whether or not you're getting good value for your money. Generally, an inspector checks (and gives prices for repairs on):

  • the electrical system

     
  • plumbing and waste disposal  

  • the water heater  

  • insulation and Ventilation  

  • the HVAC system  

  • water source and quality  

  • the potential presence of pests  

  • the foundation  

  • doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors, and roof.

When buying a home have it inspected before you sign a written offer, once the deal is closed, you've bought the house ďas is." 

You may want to include an home inspection clause in the offer when negotiating for a home. An  home inspection clause gives you an 'out" on buying the home if serious problems are found, or gives you the ability to renegotiate the purchase price if repairs are needed. An home inspection clause can also specify that the seller must fix the problem(s) before you begin the process of buying a home.

>> Find out if there are other types of home inspections needed when buying a home? 

 

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