Frequently Asked questions
No, but it’s always a good idea to get a home inspected before your buy it. Even if you feel confident about the condition of the home, a home inspector can find issues that you didn’t notice. This may give you the ability to negotiate a lower price, which is well worth the cost of a home inspection.
The cost of a home inspection depends on the size and age of the house, plus any add-ons like pools, external structures, etc. There are new inspectors who charge less but for most home inspection companies, generally you can expect to pay about $350-550 for a basic home inspection, not including any add-ons.
The buyer usually pays for a home inspection because it’s part of the “due diligence” of buying a home. However, the buyer may be able to negotiate for the seller to cover some of the costs of the home inspection as part of the “seller concessions”.
No. Home inspections are optional and not required for a loan. However a 4 Point inspection and Wind Mitigation is often required to retain insurance prior to mortgage aproval.
Home inspections usually take about 2-3 hours depending on the size of the home. For larger homes, this process will take longer.
A home inspection report will be sent to you within 24 hours after the inspection, most reports are same day. The inspection report summarizes all of the major findings of the home inspection.
No. An appraisal is conducted by the bank and a home inspection is done by a privately contracted home inspector. An appraisal is required to get a loan, an inspection is not.
There is no “Pass or Fail” with a wind mitigation. You may however benefit from the inspection if you have certain components installed in your home.
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