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.
It's up to each individual state to determine certification criteria for home inspectors.
Yes, but you'll probably end up contacting a pro, too. You can perform your own home inspection to determine what may need to be repaired or replaced before you sell. Buyers will probably require an inspection by a certified home inspector, too, though.
The best time to contact a certified home inspector is after you have a signed contract. Home sales are often contingent on the results of an inspection, and having all your repairs and updates completed before the visit will showcase your improvements and hard work.
No, but being in attendance can benefit both buyers and sellers. Sellers can explain about important updates, while buyers can ask lots of questions.
A home inspection will typically cost less than $600 and sometimes as little as $200. The size, age and condition of the home will influence the cost.
No. Most inspections occur after a price has already been agreed on by the seller. In some circumstances, an inspection may spark a price reduction, though.
Yes, it's the safest practice. From pest infestations to a settling foundation, inspections almost always reveal important information you'll need to know to make an enlightened purchase (or sale).
Find a professional who's certified, experienced and has a great reputation (although being cheap and good-looking shouldn't disqualify any candidate).
When a home inspection reveals problems, negotiating about repairs or a possible price reduction often will move the purchase forward.
No, although it will cite visible flaws and problems, a home inspection isn't an exhaustive evaluation of the condition of a home.