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Getting a Home Inspection Before a Real Estate Purchase

Sellers, Here's How You Prepare For Your Home Inspection - getting

Getting a Home Inspection Before a Real Estate Purchase be sure the house is in good condition. The best way is to have a professional inspection.

  • 1) Make sure you have an inspection contingency in the contract
  • 2) Mentally prepare for a full inspection
  • 3) Attend the inspection – ask questions
  • 4) Focus the post-inspection around the contract, not a wish list
  • 5) Consider specialty inspections – radon, chimney, termite, well, etc
  • 6) Trust your agent – in negotiations and referral
  • 7) Don’t risk a deal over cosmetic fixes
  • 8) Focus on red flag issues (roof, foundation, HVAC, or other costly issues)


As a buyer, your home inspection report offers a deeper understanding of whether the home has been well-maintained or needs major repairs. If you’re not satisfied with the home’s current condition, you can request the seller address the repairs or give you a credit toward the cost of repairs at closing. A report can also help you prioritize repairs and improvements after you buy the home, and plan for upgrades.


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How to prepare for a home inspection

We recommend that you prepare yourself for the home inspection by making a list of areas of the home you want checked before the inspector arrives. Your checklist should include:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Attic space
  • Rain gutters and downspouts
  • Exterior stucco or paint
  • Electrical panel, light switches, and power outlets
  • Thermostats and heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) system
  • Plumbing fixtures, faucets, and water heater
  • Appliances
  • Walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Doors and windows
  • Stairs, steps, and railings
  • Porches and balconies
  • Walkways and driveways
  • Basement
  • Garage

 Buying a home can be an overwhelming process. Read our step-by-step guide “How to buy a house” that helps you understand what to expect from beginning to end.

The cost for an average home inspection is between $350 and $600 nationwide, according to Bankrate, depending on the home’s location and size. In Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas – the markets Opendoor operates in – the average cost for an inspection is $450.


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Sharad Gupta

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