Inspections & Appraisals
Buying a home is probably the biggest single investment you will make. A home inspection prior to making an offer will protect you and your investment.
A qualified home inspector will give your house a thorough examination, checking the heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, and visible structures of the home.
The inspector will point out the need for major repairs, identify areas that may need attention in the near future, and explain what maintenance will be necessary to keep the house in good shape. But, it is not all negative. Most inspectors are more than happy to tell you about the home’s good qualities as well.
Home inspections are relatively inexpensive considering the size of the investment that you are about to make. Many people consider this a small price to pay for peace of mind.
An appraisal is a report containing an estimate of the value of the property. Appraisals are conducted for the purpose of mortgage lending by certified appraisers. The appraisal should not be confused with the home inspection or the market analysis.