When you are buying a home today, a vital step in the process is the professional home inspection. It is a very important part of the process and needs to be done correctly.
BEFORE THE INSPECTION
Generally when you find a property that may be “the one”; you view it, walk through the entire house, open the closets and cabinets, check out the basement, and even might poke your head into the crawl space. Your first look is what tells you that you may have found your ideal home. Typically you are looking at several and at the end of the day it can be difficult to remember details. So most people go back to the house they are interested in pursuing and spend some time checking everything.
Normally you would not hire an inspector at this point, not until you have made an offer and worked out the terms of the contract. It may seem a little backwards, but the rationale is simple. The inspections normally take around 3-4 hours and can cost from around $350.00 and up. You wouldn’t want to spend the time and money on that unless you knew that you were under contract, and that nobody else could step in and buy the house while you were performing your due diligence.