A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes and very large homes may take longer) and to cost $300-$600, depending on size.
To hire an inspector, contact me and I can refer you to several well-qualified home inspectors. Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience.