More Blog Posts on Home Inspection:

  1. The seller has to fix everything you find wrong with the house, right?

  2. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  5. Should a home inspection scare you?

  6. Is it still possible to do an inspection if there’s no electricity or water?

  7. What happens at a home inspection?

  8. What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?

  9. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

  10. What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?

  11. What is the best way to negotiate repairs after the home inspection?

  12. Are you licensed and insured?

  13. Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?

  14. How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not?

  15. What should I bring to the home inspection?

  16. What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

  17. Are there any minimum standards that a home inspection must meet in Florida?

  18. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  19. What questions should I ask a home inspector I’m considering hiring?

  20. What tools do you use for a home inspection?

  21. How much does a home inspection cost?

  22. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

  23. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  24. What do I need to know about buying a 1950s house?

  25. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  26. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970’s house?

  27. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  28. Should I use my realtor’s home inspector or choose one myself?

  29. Should I buy a house with a crawl space?

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  1. 2)Does the price allow allow for what can reasonably be assumed as the worst case scenario for the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical system repairs? While your home inspector can’t test these systems, a visual inspection by a professional can uncover defects such as raccoon-damage to ducts in the attic or badly corroded piping, both which will definitely require repair. Then you move on to the unquantifiable. While you may not know if the air conditioning system and water heater will function when the power is turned on, if they are past the end of an average lifespan (approximately 14 years for a water heater and 18 years for an air conditioning system) and appear in poor condition on visual inspection, they will likely require replacement and you should allow for it in your estimate.

    We recommend doing a careful tally of all the necessary repairs that can be verified, adding an allowance for repairs or replacements that can’t be verified which is weighted based on the age and visual condition of the systems, plus something for the value of your personal labor, and then adding 20% for surprises (yes really, 20%). When this number is added to the sale price of the home, the total should be less than the value of the home after renovation—based on recent sales prices of comparable homes in the same neighborhood in good condition provided by your realtor—to give you a reasonable profit for your investment risk. If not, you should consider finding another house.

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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