If you’re going to spend this much money on something, you want to know exactly what you’re getting. A home inspection is a great way to ensure the largest investment of your life, your home, is worth buying. From the roof to the foundation, a home inspector’s report should cover the overall condition of the home.
How to Get a Home Inspection
The home inspection usually comes after the purchase agreement is signed. Both parties want to make sure they have agreed on a price before anyone spends money on the inspection, which can range anywhere between $350-600 in Washington, depending on the size of the property.
Here are a few of the main areas a home inspector will be checking:
- They should look for any cracks, dents, or leaks in the foundation, floors, walls, ceilings, siding, windows, doors, and the roof.
- Inspectors are trained to check the condition of cables, conductors, and panels. They’ll also note the number of installed light fixtures, switches, and outlets.
- The inspector should check out all the faucets, drains, and pumps. They’ll document things like poor water pressure and corrosion, as well as the age and condition of the water heater.
- Inspectors will usually note the age and energy rating of furnaces and air conditioners. However, not all inspectors will check solar heating and air conditioning systems.
What to do with the results
It’s unlikely that the home inspector’s report will come back with a perfect score. If you find the damages to be too bad, you still have time to back out of the deal. If not, you can ask the seller to fix it before closing or negotiate a lower purchase price.
Either way, a home inspection is going to give you a better idea of the condition of a home, allowing you to make a better-informed decision to either move in or continue your search for the perfect Washington home.