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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?
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 signed.

Chris Rath
Chris Rath
Realtor / Property Manager