Home Inspections

Home Inspection Types

A standard pre-purchase inspection covers a home’s major mechanical systems- electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling – and its construction from roof to foundation, exterior to interior. Overall inspections do not cover soil, pools, wells, septic systems, building code violations or environmental hazards such as lead. The inspections cost several hundred dollars. Specialized inspections usually involve an expert and can cost more. Remember repairs or remedies are negotiable; they also can derail a deal.

Type of Inspection

What it Covers

Cost Who Pays

Remedies

Standard pre-purchase Overall home construction and condition, including major mechanical systems $200.00 – $500.00Buyer Conduct further specialized inspections; repair
Wood Damage (required by many lenders; check with yours) All wood portions of home (interior and exterior) $75.00 – $200.00Negotiable Repair or replace damaged wood; treat for wood destroying insects or organisms
Lead (disclosure required on all homes built before 1978) Presence of lead in paint, plumbing or other areas $400.00 for basic surveyNegotiable Repair or replace affected areas
Radon (disclosure of known elevated levels required) Presence of naturally occurring radioactive gas $150.00 for basic surveyNegotiable Seal foundation cracks, install a sump pump; ventilate basement or crawl space
Environmental Hazards (asbestos, formaldehyde, petroleum, toxic chemicals) Presence of any substance in building material, soil, water, or air that poses a health risk Price VariesNegotiable Remove hazardous material, such as asbestos, or source of danger, such as a buried oil tank
Soil Condition of soil under and around foundation and retaining walls $200.00 – $2000.00Negotiable Repair or treat problem

 

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