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Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties

Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.

How do I find a home inspector?
Your realty agent should have a few recommendations of trusted inspectors that they have used in the past though you have the option of choosing your own. If you choose one on your you should ask for their credentials, such as contractor's license or engineering certificate. Also, check out their references. Many inspectors charge about $400, but costs go up with the scope of the inspection.

What's a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and or paid by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.

Devin Ihme
Devin Ihme
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