What Is A Home Inspection & What Is It For?

A home inspection is an examination of a home for defects, including a thorough review of its structure, its systems, and its appliances. Inspections protect against buying a defective home.
A home inspector standing in front a window, wearing a hard hat which seems a little excessive in this case but, hey, safety first.

A home inspection is a top-to-bottom examination of a house, performed by an objective, licensed home inspector. Inspections take about a half-day to complete and cost approximately $400, depending on the size and age of your house.

Well-performed inspections are worth what they cost.

Home inspections catch defects you and your real estate agent missed during your tour, and that the home seller may be unaware of, too.

A quality home inspection costs between $400-600 and will reveal:

  • Hidden cracks within the home’s concrete foundation
  • Advanced mold infestations behind the home's walls
  • Defective roofing, HVAC, and other broken appliances

A home inspection also uncovers basic plumbing and electric problems; and, notes areas of the home which no longer meet building standards.

It's rare for a home inspection to find no material defects, which is why real estate contracts often include a Home Inspection Clause.

A Home Inspection Clause is the home buyer's “out” from a bad contract. The clause states that the buyer can cancel the contract should the seller refuse to repair a defect.

Generally, a compromise is found through negotiation.

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