Ask a Home Inspector: Tips for Buyers

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At Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team, we know that becoming a homeowner is an important milestone in life and a major financial investment, and we love helping our clients find the perfect home! There are many things to consider when choosing a house, but one of the most important deciding factors is undoubtedly the structure of the home itself, which is why it is vital to hire a home inspector.

Charming architectural features and lovely landscaping can make you fall in love with a house, but none of that matters once you move in if you’re too busy dealing with a termite problem or other structural issue to enjoy it. Since most people don’t have the knowledge to thoroughly evaluate the state of a home, hiring a home inspector is a routine (and strongly recommended) part of the home buying process. Read on to learn more about what to expect from a home inspection, from local home inspector Scott Berlyoung with Alpha Home Services.

What is involved in a home inspection?

An ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) inspector will do a visual inspection of the home’s structure, lot, and all major systems, like heating and air, electrical, plumbing, etc. The inspection usually takes half a day (about 4 hours) although this can vary depending on the size and age of the home. Multiple HVAC systems or kitchens could require a longer inspection, while brand new homes may not require more than a couple hours of inspection.

Can the inspector repair the problems?

No, a home inspector cannot repair any of the problems found in a home, as that would be an inappropriate conflict of interests. If you need to find a contractor or other home repair service, contact us and we will be glad to recommend trusted local companies.

How much does a home inspection cost, and when do I pay?

The cost of a home inspection will vary depending on the size of the house and other factors that could require extra time and attention. $350 and up is typical for most Atlanta home inspections. The inspection fee is usually due at the time of inspection.

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