Once you get your offer on a home accepted, you will probably want to schedule a professional home inspection. Most home inspections are based on the square footage of the home but typically run between $200 to $300. Your real estate agent should typically be able to refer you to some reliable inspectors. When you call to make your appointment, they will typically ask you a few questions about the home. Therefore, it is very important to have this information available when you call to schedule the appointment. It is a good idea to ask your real estate agent to give you a copy of a flyer with the information on it. Your real estate agent will also need to confirm that all the utilities are on at the property. This is necessary so that the inspector can check items like the heating and cooling systems, plumbing, etc.
The inspection generally will take 2-3 hours so come prepared to get very acquainted with your new home. It is advisable that you bring chairs to sit on, snacks, magazines, your camera, a measuring tape so you can measure spaces for furniture placement, pen and paper for note taking and any family members or friends that you may want to take a look at the property. During this time, your real estate agent may also bring additional documents that require review and signatures.
Once your home inspector has completed the inspection, they will generally go over their findings with you. You will usually receive a written report that documents these findings and suggestions. Bear in mind that the suggestions made are to aid you in better understanding the current condition of the home and the type of maintenance and repairs that you may wish to consider. The home inspection is a great way to familiarize yourself with your new home.