For new or even experienced home buyers, it is common knowledge that a home inspection is a vital part of the entire home buying process. This inspection can save home buyers thousands of dollars or more in potential problems and repairs. In most cases, a home inspection can be a telltale sign whether or not you want to purchase the home or not. So what is involved in a home inspection? First, the inspector meets the buyer and in most cases their realtor at the home. They should check the major components of the house like the air conditioning and heating units, the main electrical panel, all major appliances, the roof, the attic and/or basement, and structural integrity of the home. The purpose of a home inspection is to make sure that everything is in good condition and no major repairs need to be made.
A comprehensive home inspection will give buyers a look at the house’s major areas, and should provide them with a printed out inspection on paper. This should cover all areas of concern, as well as areas that everything looks to be OK. Many home inspections are fairly inexpensive, and can range from about $250-$500. Often the cost depends on the size and age of the home. Regardless, a home inspection can be money well spent. It can prevent buyers from getting involved in a home that could be a headache later on down the road, and gives them a clearer picture of the condition of the home they are about to buy. Knowing what to expect, what needs to be fixed, and what parts of the house are solid and safe can help ease potential home buyers’ minds. It is a good way to ensure you’re getting a house that should be relatively worry free, at least for a few more years to come.