The purchase of a home is usually the most expensive transaction most people make in their lives, so before finalizing any deal it’s good to make sure the house is in excellent condition. Often, the best way to do so is by having a home inspection.
A home inspection can be done by any individual, but it’s best to have it done by a professional home inspector. These inspectors are usually certified or licensed, and have considerable experience in home construction and maintenance. While inspections are not always required, when it comes to buying or selling a home a bank will usually require a property to pass inspection before approving a loan.
Most of the time the cost of the inspection varies between $200-$300 and includes an examination of the structure, wiring, roofing, heating and cooling systems, attic and exterior. Inspectors look for signs of dry rot, termite damage, foundation problems and other potential concerns.
Inspections can have significant results based on what is or is not found. Buyers can back out of a deal or make a lower offer, banks can decide if the property is worth the amount of the loan being requested, homeowners will know if any repairs will need to be made, or everything will be found to be in good working order and the deal can proceed as planned.
While people are free to choose whatever home inspector they wish, Hamilton-Franklin Realty recommends Safeguard Inspectors for any home inspection needs. Serving Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Naples and surrounding areas Safeguard promises comprehensive quality home inspections done in 24 hours to meet any homeowner’s needs. While also specializing in Wind Mitigation and Chinese Drywall inspections, customers can be sure they are getting the best overall home inspection services in the local area.
While it’s best to have an inspection performed after the contract is placed on the home but before the loan is approved, it must be done before the closing date so that any problems can be addressed and corrected. Considering the cost of today’s real estate, spending a little more money for a home inspection is money well spent.