If you are purchasing a resale property, we highly recommend that you have a professional home
inspector conduct a thorough inspection. The inspection will include the following:
The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home. It is intended
to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair. Should serious problems be
indicated, the inspector will recommend that a structural engineer or other professional inspect it as
Your home cannot “pass or fail” an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she
thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of
repairs that are recommended or necessary.
The seller may be willing to negotiate completion of repairs or a credit for completion of repairs, or
you may decide that the home will take too much work and money. A professional inspection will
help you make a clear-headed decision. In addition to the overall inspection, you may wish to have
separate tests conducted for termites or the presence of radon gas.
In choosing a home inspector, consider one that has been certified as a qualified and experienced
member by a trade association.
I recommend being present at the inspection. This is to your advantage. You will be able to clearly
understand the inspection report, and know exactly which areas need attention. Plus, you can get
answers to many questions, tips for maintenance, and a lot of general information that will help you
once you move into your new home. Most important, you will see the home through the eyes of an
objective third party.