Better understand what the home inspection will cost you.
When you get into a contract on a house, you need to get it inspected before closing. Although home inspections are often optional, they are highly recommended by experts so that you can be aware of the home’s condition and potential problems. Here’s what you should know about the home inspection’s cost and checklist.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The average home inspection rings in at about $315. If you have a home with more than 2,000 sq. feet, the fees can jump up to $500+ depending on the size. Smaller condos and townhomes could cost as little as $200.
What are the most common problems found during a home inspection?
- Faulty wiring
- Roof issues
- Plumbing issues
- Air conditioning and heating systems
- Minor structural issues
- Gaps in the windows that cause air and water leaks
- Attics with poor insulation
- Damaged water heater
Home inspection checklist
Home inspectors will check for many of the same possible issues. It’s worth knowing that the report will usually cover:
- Foundation – Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation by checking the walls and ceilings
- Drainage – Check the gutters to ensure water flows away from the property
- Roof – Look at the state of the shingles and if there are any weak spots
- Exterior – Rotting wood, exposed wiring, etc.
- Interior – Walls, ceilings, doors, baseboards, etc.
- Electrical – Test the outlets to make sure they work
- Air condition and heater – Make sure no repairs are needed
- Termite inspection – Check the attic and exterior of the home for termites
- Mold inspection – Inspect the property for signs of mold damage
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