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?
Mr. Rath can guide you in this matter by giving you the names of several reputable inspectors in the area. You can also ask for referrals
from friends. You definitely want to choose an inspector who is a member of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors.
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. Rates for the service vary a little. Many inspectors charge about
$400, but costs go up with the scope of the inspection and the size of the house.
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 are paid by the buyer. The inspection
usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been