Getting the skinny on the folks with the clipboards is your key to a new home (or a timely escape from an old one). Take our quiz and learn more than you ever wanted to know about home inspections and the wonderful world of footings and foundations.
How are home inspectors certified?
Each state certifies its own home inspectors.
Certification is supervised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Home inspectors are usually failed real estate agents with an ax to grind and plenty of patience.
Can you perform a home inspection yourself?
No, it must be performed by a certified home inspector after he's had a couple of cups of coffee.
Yes, you can and you should. How else are you going to con anyone into buying that dump?
Yes, you can, but you'll probably end up contacting a pro, too.
When's the best time to get a home inspection?
before you put your home up for sale
after you've locked in a real estate agent (but before he knows all the facts)
after you have a signed contract
Do you have to be present for a home inspection?
Yes. Both the buyer and seller must be in attendance.
No. Inspections are unbiased reviews that never include the interested parties.
How much will a home inspection cost?
an arm and a leg
less than $600
5 percent of your home's value and a basket of mini-muffins
If a home gets a great grade on an inspection, can its price go up?
Yes, but only in Las Vegas.
It can if the home gets an A+ grade.
Do you need to get an inspection on a relatively new home?
Yes, it's the safest practice.
Yes, it's the law.
No. What you don't know won't hurt you.
How should you choose a home inspector?
Find a professional who's certified, experienced and has a great reputation.
Cheap is always good.
Look for someone who works out regularly and embraces spandex.
What should happen when a home inspection reveals problems?
accusations and threats
Will a home inspection list recommended repairs?
No, although it will cite visible flaws and problems.
Yes, and the recommended fixes should be completed prior to a sale.
Yes, and the seller may be flogged for obvious neglect.