What Kind of Home Inspection Should You Get?
If you’re planning on buying a home in Southern California, or elsewhere in the United States, you’re going to need a home inspection.
During the process of searching for a home inspector, you will find that most companies offer more than one type of home inspection. The big question is which type of inspection should you get?
In this article, we will answer this question and provide you with tips on choosing a home inspector.
What Type of Home Are You Buying?
Before choosing a home inspection, it’s important for you to know what type of home you’re buying.
This is an important question to ask because, if you’re buying a condo or townhome, all of the exterior maintenance will already be handled by the Homeowners Association. In this case, choosing a basic home inspection would suit your needs perfectly.
Let’s say that you’re buying a single-family home that also has a sprinkler system, pool, and spa, in this case you’re going to need to hire a home inspection company that offers an “advanced” home inspection that will include all of the additional elements of your home.
How Much Do Home Inspections Cost?
Thanks to recent statistics from Home Advisor, we know that a basic home inspection for properties that are around 1,000 square feet in size can cost as little as $200 but for properties that are up to 2,000 square feet (or larger) a home inspection may cost upwards of $500.
Keep in mind that most home inspectors use different pricing models so it’s important to ask them how they will price their home inspection. You should specifically ask if they charge by a flat rate, square footage of the property, location, age of the home, or all of the above.
What Should Your Home Inspection Include?
As we mentioned already if you’re buying a condo or townhome that’s part of an HOA, all exterior maintenance is going to be covered by the Homeowners Association, so you’re going to need a basic inspection.
Your basic home inspection should include inspecting the appliances, electrical system, HVAC, fireplace, and plumbing.
When it comes to buying a single-family home, you’re going to need an advanced home inspection that will thoroughly inspect everything that’s included in a basic home inspection plus the attic, roof, and foundation will all need to be inspected as well.
Regardless if you’re buying a condo, townhome, or single-family home, you should also consider asking the home inspector to inspect for asbestos, termites, and radon too. These additional tests can add up to an additional $500-$1,000 to your inspection costs but they are well worth the investment, especially if the home was built prior to 1970 and might contain potentially harmful building materials.
Things to Ask A Home Inspector
Before choosing just any home inspector, make sure that you take the time to review their business online and ask them some questions about their experience before hiring them including:
Do they have experience with residential inspections?
Are they certified to make repairs?
What will the report look like?
Can you attend the inspection?
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