How long will the inspection take and how much will it cost?
You can expect the inspection to take 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the home. This allows the inspector to look at every part of the home, including the roof, attic, and crawl space, if applicable.
In terms of cost, this again depends on the size of the property. For a condo, you would pay around $200 for an inspection. A larger, complex property inspection could cost up to $500. These prices are competitive with similar services in the area.
Why do I need an inspection if I’m selling a home?
While you don’t need an inspection, necessarily, you may find it helpful during the selling process. A pre-listing inspection can help you go into negotiations with a potential buyer armed with information about every part of the home. Also, it gives you a chance to address any problems with the home that could limit its value. Knowing of any potential issues will also help you avoid any “failure to disclose” allegations.
What are the most common problems that come up during a home inspection?
There are a number of issues we often see when inspecting homes, including faulty wiring, previous installation problems, roof issues like aging and improper installation, heating/cooling system issues, plumbing, insulation, drainage, and chimney problems. Many times, problems are related either to improper installation, lack of maintenance, or general structural issues. At Hearthstone, we can give you details about any issue we find as well as how to best go about addressing it.