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Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties

Do I need a home inspection?
It's your choice but,  Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems termites etc. may represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.

Your RE/MAX New Beginnings Realtor will strongly suggest that you preform at minimum, a structural and mechanical home inspection. Other inspections may include termite (in some cases this is required by your lender), chimney, radon or other possible hazard inspections.

How do I find a great home inspector?
Your  RE/MAX agent is one source stop. You as the buyer have the right to choose your inspection company but if you need help, we are happy to recommend a few of our favorites. We only work with the best and always used licensed and insured companies.

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has developed formal inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members. Membership to ASHI is not automatic; proven field experience and technical knowledge of structures and their various systems and appliances are a prerequisite. 

What's a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and the buyer pays the cost for the inspection. 

This takes place after a contract has been accepted by a seller and is attached to a time frame ( the home inspection contingency period) allowing the buyer to complete the inspection and to ask the sellers for repairs as needed.

Repair requests to the seller are generally based on structural and mechanical items and not cosmetic items such as paint or carpet.

Home Warranties may be purchased by the seller for the buyer or the buyer may purchase one for themselves at closing. Ask your Agent for more information on protecting your purchase with a home warranty!

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