It is an excellent idea to have your home inspected and sewer line scoped before finalizing the terms and conditions of the purchase contract. A thorough inspection of the home by a professional inspector will show problems, repairs or maintenance issues to be addressed as part of the Inspection Notice. The inspection may also find the need for more expert inspection in the areas of structural, mold /moisture mitigation, asbestos, radon and /or stucco issues.
It is important to choose a licensed, insured, certified and experienced Home Inspector. A good measure of an inspector’s competence is the affiliation as a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors or ASHI. ASHI will certify that an inspector has passed various professional and educational requirements. Many ASHI members have either engineering, architectural, or technical degrees or extensive experience in the field of construction. The inspection fee for a typical one-family home is between $250 and $400 and the inspection takes several hours, depending on the size of the house. To get the sewer line scoped is an extra $100-$150 and is done by another inspector.
Guidelines For The Inspection
- Conduct the inspection during the day.
- If possible, spend time with the inspector, to assure you understand the issues noted in the inspection. A reputable inspector will mentor and educate you on the defects, repair and maintenance issues of the home.
- Typically, most homes will have some issues that need to be addressed. It is important to understand the severity of a defect, repair or maintenance issue in determining your responsibility and the Seller’s responsibility. A qualified / experienced inspector will not gloss over any home concerns, rather an inspector should offer a solid, clear overview of the pros and cons of the property.
- Obtain a detailed, written report with photos of issues within 24 to 48 hours after the inspection.
- It is highly recommended to get a scope of the sewer line. Sewer line repair can be very expensive (multiple thousands of dollars). A sewer scope can cost as little as $99.