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Importance of Inspections

Importance of Inspections


Congratulations! Your offer was accepted and it’s time to proceed towards closing.


One of your first, and most important steps, is to hire a professional home inspector to avoid costly surprises after closing. This is a standard inspection that includes:

  • Room-by-room review
  • Exterior home components
  • Electrical systems
  • Foundation and structural components – both interior and exterior
  • Heating/air conditioning systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Attic/crawl spaces


A thorough home inspection covers everything from foundation to roof, and takes two to three hours depending on the size and age of the property. A written inspection report will be provided and will reflect the condition of all inspected items. A typical inspection can range from $300-$600 depending on size and attributes of the home.


Some common items a home inspection could uncover are:

  • Maintenance problems such as rotting decks, plumbing leaks, water damaged ceilings, etc.
  • Electrical problems (even faulty fuses can lead to bigger difficulties in the future)
  • Drainage problems, which could include water intrusions below the home
  • Roof leaks and defects from aging
  • Poor ventilation, especially in an attic; this is the time to ensure that all vents are clean and working properly
  • Excess air leakage due to poor weather stripping and subpar caulking around fixtures
  • Failed window seals, which are routinely found with dual pane windows
  • Air Conditioning and Heating unit failures
  • Faulty lines in water heaters, overflow piping and/or hazardous flue conditions


In addition to a standard Home Inspection there may be additional inspections recommended based on the features of the property. Other inspections if applicable are:


  • Wood Destroying Organism (Termites, wood decay etc.)
  • Well and Septic Inspection
  • Pool/Spa Equipment
  • Wind Mitigation