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  • Writer's pictureJan Johnson

The Home Inspection

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

One of the most important steps in purchasing a home is the Home Inspection. In this process, an expert home inspector will spend hours checking the roof, the HVAC in the basement and everything in between. You need to make sure your new home is safe, with all systems functioning properly, before your purchase is finalized.

Should your Inspector find issues that you are not comfortable with, we file an “Inspection Objection” with the Sellers, asking them to correct things that you have deemed necessary.

Most home inspectors are comparably priced, with the rate varying based on the size of the home. It doesn’t cost as much to inspect an 800 square foot condo as it does a 4000 square foot house, for obvious reasons. Inspections for an average sized home generally run $350-$450. This is the best money you’ll spend!

Radon: Another key area of your inspection process may be a radon detection test (if the home isn’t already equipped with a radon mitigation system). It is your choice to opt for radon testing. To test a home’s radon level, your inspector will install a monitor that takes samples of the air over a 48 hour period. The results are aggregated, and if the average radon result is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or higher, it is recommended that a mitigation system be installed. Testing for radon is usually an “add on” to your inspection, generally costing an additional $100 or so. Here’s a link to some great information about radon:

The choice of which home inspector to use is up to you, but your Realtor will probably provide you a list of several inspectors or companies that she trusts to do a thorough job on your potential new home.

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