Buying real estate without a home inspection is like buying a pig in a poke.

Absolutely, you should have a home inspection on the resale home of your choice. You can select a home inspector, get referrals from friends and relatives or use one of the companies our agents use regularly. We use tough inspectors. If there are defects in a home, we want them found before settlement, not afterwards. In fact, if we see serious defects in a home when you are on a home tour, we'll tell you. You might save the cost of a home inspection. On a home priced at $500,000, the cost of a home inspection will be approximately $600, plus $150 or so for the Radon inspection. If we can save you the cost of a home inspection, we certainly will. But, if this is the house you want to buy, let's go for it. Once we have a contract, the home inspector will test and operate the systems in the house including but not limited to:

Structural System
Roof System
Plumbing System
Electrical System
Heating System
Air Conditioning Systems
Insulation and Ventilation
Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances

Don't forget the Radon test. All of these inspections will be within several days of contract acceptance. If you decide to buy a home constructed prior to 1978, you may decide to do a lead based paint test. The average cost of this test will be about $500-$700.

All of these inspection are recommended and important. The inspections will be a contingency on the contract, so they must be done quickly and by experienced inspectors. You want to get to know the home you plan to buy and nothing helps to get to know a home better than spending a day with a home inspector.


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