An inspector checks the safety of your potential new home. Home inspectors focus especially on the structure, construction and mechanical systems of the house and will make you aware of repairs needed.

Generally, an inspector checks and gives prices for repairs on the electrical system, plumbing and waste disposal, the water heater, insulation and ventilation, the HVAC system, water source and quality, the potential presence of pests, the foundation, doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors and roof.

It’s a good idea to have an inspection before you sign a written offer since, once the deal is closed you’ve bought the house “as is”. You may want to include an inspection clause in the offer when negotiating for a home. An inspection clause can also specify that the seller must fix any problems before you purchase the house. Otherwise, an inspection clause gives you an ‘out” on buying the house if serious problems are found or gives you the ability to renegotiate the purchase price if repairs are needed.

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