What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a chance for you to hire an expert to walk through the home and prepare a report that outlines the home’s major components, their current condition, what needs immediate attention and what will require maintenance after you move in.
As a buyer, your home inspection report shows whether the home has been well-maintained or needs major repairs. If you’re not satisfied with the home’s current condition, you can request the seller address the repairs or give you a credit toward the cost of repairs at closing.
The cost for an average home inspection is between $350 and $600 nationwide, depending on the home’s location and size.
Other common inspections are Sewer Scopes and Radon tests which can be added onto your property inspection depending on the inspector. You should also budget for additional examinations in case the inspector discovers problems or mentions issues that warrant further investigation, such as asbestos, mold, and/or un-permitted additions.
Inspectors can only report what they can see, not what’s inside walls, behind the seller’s furniture or moving boxes, or buried underground.