Home Inspection

If you’re planning on selling your home, or purchasing a new one, the first thing you need to do is hire a home inspector to perform a home inspection. Sellers should get a home inspection to be prepared. Look here for articles, videos and blog posts with more information about what you should expect out of a home inspection.

What’s Covered Under my New Home Warranty?

When problems pop up in your new home, first figure out if those issues will be covered under your new home builder warranty. Q: I moved into my new home about two years ago. The house had been built about …

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Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor? Think Permits and Inspections

When hiring a home improvement contractor, don’t forget about the permits and inspections that are required by your city. Q: I read your article on how to hire a contractor and thought it was very good, but two items that …

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Who Pays For a Home Inspection Report When Buying A Home

Who Pays For a Home Inspection Report When Buying A Home if the report is then used by a subsequent buyer and that buyer benefits from its use? Q: As a short sale buyer, I paid for the well and …

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Home Inspector Missed Problem With Underground Storage Tank

Even if you hire a great home inspector (ASHI member), when it comes to an underground fuel storage tanks, problems can be missed. Q: We bought a house in Winchester, VA about ten years ago. We had a professional home …

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Finding A Good Home Inspector

Finding a Good Home Inspector requires some time and due diligence. Q: What is best way to select home an inspector? What criteria should I use to select a good inspector? I want to make sure the house I buy …

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FHA Loans May Have Repair Requirements

If you buy a home, you should hire a professional home inspector help you to make sure there are no problems with the home. If you apply for a loan with a bank, the bank will send out a bank appraiser to appraise the home — that is make sure that the home is standing and that the home has a high enough value to justify the loan. But if you apply for an FHA loan, the bank will send out a person to inspect the home for problems. If the home has problems, the lender may require those problems to be fixed prior to the bank giving you the FHA loan. But the FHA inspection should not and does not replace a good home inspector you hire to make sure the home is in the shape you believe it should be in.

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Hire a Home Inspector to Identify a Former Meth house Before You Buy

Is the home you plan to buy a former meth house? It’s hard to spot homes that have been used as a methamphetamine lab (meth lab or meth house as they are they are called). But there are some tangible signs of a former meth house that you can watch out for as you tour a prospective home. This story lists some of the items you should look for before you end up buying a former meth house, especially a home inspection.

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Hire A Home Inspector To Assist With a Masonite Siding and Wood Rot Problem

A homeowner’s supporting wood structure is rotting. He discovered the problem when replacing decayed Masonite siding, and wonders whether he has any recourse with the seller for not informing him about the problem. He might want to hire a home inspector now to determine the source of his problem and then proceed to fix it.

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Fixing Home Inspection Issues When Home Buying

When you’re buying a home, a home inspector will go over the property with you to point out any issues that may require home repair. It’s a good idea to walk around with the home inspector during a home inspection because he may make comments that won’t appear on the final report. After you know the home inspection issues you’ll need to decide who should fix them and whether you want to go through with the home purchase, if the problems are significant.

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Reputable Home Inspector More Accurate Than City Building Inspector

When building a new home, hire a private, professional home inspector to make sure your new construction is up to building codes. City inspectors don’t have the time that a professional home inspector has to make sure your new home meets all the building codes. If you don’t use a reputable, professional home inspector, your home may not meet all the building codes, even if it passes inspection by the city building inspector.

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