A standard home inspection before looks at things such as plumbing, electrical, cooling and heating as well as the construction from the ground up both internally and externally. The overall inspection does not cover things such as pools, soil, septic systems, wells, environmental hazards or building code violations. The inspection will cost you several hundred dollars and a specialised inspection will involve an expert and can cost a lot more than that. Remember that any remedies or repairs are negotiable but they can also stop a deal from going ahead.
|Type of Inspection||What it Covers||Cost Who Pays||Remedies|
|Standard pre-purchase||Overall home construction and condition, including major mechanical systems||$200.00 – $500.00 Buyer||Conduct further specialized inspections; repair|
|Wood Damage (required by many lenders; check with yours)||All wood portions of home (interior and exterior)||$75.00 – $200.00 Negotiable||Repair or replace damaged wood; treat for wood destroying insects or organisms|
|Lead (disclosure required on all homes built before 1978)||Presence of lead in paint, plumbing or other areas||$400.00 for basic survey Negotiable||Repair or replace affected areas|
|Radon (disclosure of known elevated levels required)||Presence of naturally occurring radioactive gas||$150.00 for basic survey Negotiable||Seal foundation cracks, install a sump pump; ventilate basement or crawl space|
|Environmental Hazards (asbestos, formaldehyde, petroleum, toxic chemicals)||Presence of any substance in building material, soil, water, or air that poses a health risk||Price Varies Negotiable||Remove hazardous material, such as asbestos, or source of danger, such as a buried oil tank|
|Soil||Condition of soil under and around foundation and retaining walls||$200.00 – $2000.00 Negotiable||Repair or treat problem|