As an Accredited Buyers Representative, I always advise my clients to do their research and get a home inspection.
A little caution goes a long way to ensure that you get the home you want, without any unwanted surprises later.
Home inspections are typically paid for by the buyer and are usually completed within 10 days of mutual acceptance. The cost varies depending on the company and the inspector. But in general, you should be prepared to spend between $400-$800. There is an additional cost for radon testing and a sewer scope.
If an issue surfaces during the home inspection, you can request that the seller correct the issue. If the seller refuses and it’s a deal breaker, you can withdraw your offer within the 10-day inspection period.
The home inspection is designed to uncover any major issues with the home. The inspector is looking for problems with key structures only, such as foundation, moisture, heating, roofing, siding, plumbing, pest intrusion, dry rot, and electrical. Keep in mind a home inspection is not designed to address cosmetic issues.
Call Rachel Bradley, Accredited Buyers Representative, at 503-936-3373 to talk more about home inspections. Better yet, schedule a Buyer Consultation to go over the entire home buying process!
For more information on radon, and to check your area’s risk levels, see Oregon Health Authority | Radon Gas.
For more information on lead-based paint, see EPA Lead.
For more information on sewer scopes, see Environmental Works.
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