Buyer Resources

Home Inspections & Warranties

What's a home inspection? 
A home inspection is a documented, professional examination of a home, based on visual evaluation and operational testing of the home’s systems and components to determine their current condition.

Do I need a home inspection?
The simple answer is... Yes! Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make, and buying as-is can be a risky proposition. A home inspection will minimize the potential for unexpected difficulties and unpleasant surprises by providing valuable information regarding necessary repairs, maintenance, and builder oversights. For sellers, a home inspection can identify options for valuable repairs that could help get your house to peak selling condition.

What does a home inspection include?
A standard home inspector's report includes the condition of the home's heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basements, and structural components.

How do I find a home inspector?
Your realty agent is one great source. You can find a comprehensive list of home, septic, and pest inspectors, as provided by the Mike Rance Team, under the "Find an Inspector" tab of the Resources and FAQ section of our website. The companies and individuals listed by the Mike Rance Team are considered to be reputable, but are in no way endorsed, nor are their services or prices warranted or guaranteed in any manner whatsoever by us or RE/MAX 200 Realty. You as a consumer have the RIGHT to choose and secure the services of ANY service provider that you so desire.
Performing your own search online or in the yellow pages, or simply asking for referrals from family or friends are also effective ways to find a quality home inspector. Always ask for the inspector's credentials, such as contractor's license or engineering certificate. Also, check out their references!

What will it cost?
Inspection fees generally vary. It may depend on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and geographical location, and possible optional services such as septic, pest, well, or radon testing.
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector! The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations as a guide.

Do I have to be there?
It is not required that you be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended! You will be able to observe the inspector and learn valuable information about the condition of the home.

Information provided by and more resources at http://www.homeinspector.org/

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