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Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties

Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.

How do I find a home inspector?
Your realty agent is one source. But keeping them independent from the agent may be a good idea. Inspectors can be found by Google, LinkedIn, professional associations. You can ask for referrals from friends. Check out their references.

What's a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and or paid by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed, but before the conditions are waived. When a BIG issue is identified, your realtor can negotiate a price reduction or contractually-oblige the seller to repair the problem PRIOR to your possession.

Lori Olijnyk
Lori Olijnyk