Do I need to get an inspection if I’m selling a home?
While it is not a mandatory part of the selling process, many people choose to get a pre-listing inspection. There are a number of benefits, including knowing of and being able to fix any potential problems that could affect the sale of the home. Additionally, a pre-listing inspection allows the seller to go into negotiations armed with full knowledge of the home, and helps a seller avoid any allegations of “failure to disclose.”
Can I attend the inspection and can I invite others to attend?
We encourage all of our clients to attend and observe the inspection. As for inviting others, one or two additional people is usually fine. The problems start when there is a group of people and or children, as this can distract the inspector from his job and you from observing and listening to what the inspector has to say. You don’t want to miss anything that the inspector will want you to know, so the more focused you can be on the inspection, the better.
How much does an inspection cost? How long will it take?
You can expect the inspection to cost anywhere from $200 for a small home or condo to $500 for a large property. As for timing, expect to spend a couple of hours with the inspector going through the home. Depending on the size and complexity of the property, the inspection may take longer than that.