Home Inspection Checklist Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

How are home inspectors certified?

It's up to each individual state to determine certification criteria for home inspectors.

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Can you perform a home inspection yourself?

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.

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When's the best time to get a home inspection?

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.

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Do you have to be present for a home inspection?

No, but being in attendance can benefit both buyers and sellers. Sellers can explain about important updates, while buyers can ask lots of questions.

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How much will a home inspection cost?

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.

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If a home gets a great grade on an inspection, can its price go up?

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.

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Do you need to get an inspection on a relatively new home?

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).

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How should you choose a home inspector?

Find a professional who's certified, experienced and has a great reputation (although being cheap and good-looking shouldn't disqualify any candidate).

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What should happen when a home inspection reveals problems?

When a home inspection reveals problems, negotiating about repairs or a possible price reduction often will move the purchase forward.

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Will a home inspection list recommended repairs?

No, although it will cite visible flaws and problems, a home inspection isn't an exhaustive evaluation of the condition of a home.

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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.

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