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Is a home inspection expensive?

It is far more expensive to skip a home inspection before you purchase. The cost of a home inspection can be a fraction of the cost of repairing the problems that the inspection brings to light. You’re about to make the biggest purchase of your life, and this is your only chance to protect yourself with a professional home inspection and property report.

You can purchase everything you need to paint your own house, fix your own roof, even rewire your house. The one thing you CANNOT purchase is knowledge and experience.

You want the best home inspection possible. Saving money by using a “bargain” home inspector or an unlicensed contractor could cost you thousands of dollars in repair costs in the long run.

A thorough property inspection performed by a qualified inspector will range in price based on square footage. Choosing your inspector based on the cheapest price is not always the best approach. We are a firm believer that you get what you pay for and with Central Real Estate Inspections you are choosing to work with the best.

Our professional inspectors have the experience and training required to recognize current and potential defects in the systems and components of the home during the property inspection.

Not only are our inspectors trained in and familiar with the components of a home, proper installation methods and necessary maintenance routines but we have also developed and perfected a systematic approach in evaluating all aspects of a home during the home inspection. This way, no stone is left unturned.

What if the real estate inspection reveals problems?

No house is perfect, not even new construction. Finding problems upfront is actually a good thing.

It’s important to understand, however, that a home inspection report should not be treated as a seller’s fix-it list. It is an impartial report on the honest condition of the property. Once you have your property report in hand, your real estate agent can help you decide how to proceed.

Most of your residential inspection report will be maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. This can become a “to-do list” for after you move in.
These are nice to know about, however, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories the main two being:

Major defects: Major defects prevent an item or service from working properly or at all. Structural defects, inoperable units, and things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.

Safety hazards: Examples include exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel, mold growth in the living space or a damaged chimney.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property.

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn about defects uncovered during a real estate inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the property report. Before you let something from the home inspection “kill the deal,” remember that no home is perfect. Keep things in perspective.

It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit-picky items.

What are the limitations on an inspection?

A real estate inspection or home inspection is not an appraisal or a check for compliance with building codes; it’s also not an evaluation of environmental hazards. See the NYS Standards of Practice for more information on the limitations of a home inspection.

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