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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 is one source. Inspectors are listed in the yellow pages. You can ask for referrals from friends.  Ask for their credentials, such as contractor's license or engineering certificate. Also, check out their references.

How do I find a home inspector?

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has developed formal inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members. Membership to ASHI is not automatic; proven field experience and technical knowledge of structures and their various systems and appliances are a prerequisite. Fees are typically around 350 and can vary depending on scope of inspection and size of home.

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. In NC we tend to do this during the due diligence phase of purchase.

Michele Connors
Michele Connors
Broker Realtor, Advisor