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    So we provide only limited estimates, based on our experience and average prices from an insurance adjuster’s estimating guide. There are also many defects that cannot be priced without further evaluation and sometimes, for example, even opening up a wall.

    The big question we always get asked when inspecting a bargain-priced fixer-upper is “Do you think ten-grand will take care of everything?” We can’t answer that one, because we have no idea what level of remodeling the customer expects. Plus, totaling up all the expenses of a house renovation project is a time-consuming and separate job in itself.

    If the home inspector you select is unwilling to provide cost estimates for repairs, we think you should not be disappointed. Your inspector is there to  tell you the condition of the house you are buying and point out things that need to be fixed. A contractor will provide accurate pricing.

    By the way, “ten-grand” is never enough to remodel a fixer-upper.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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