Home Inspections – What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

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When you make one of the biggest investments of your life, it's well worth it to hire a home inspector to report on the condition of the house. The fees generally range from $350 to $500, depending on square footage. According to Broker Patricia Moore with ReMax Allied Brokers, most home inspectors are generalists, not specialists, who go out of their way to identify major visible defects. She suggests if you get a report saying the furnace is bad, for example, it may be worth it to pay a little extra for a furnace specialist to check things out. Sometimes, the problem can be easily resolved with a minor repair. Moore cautions against doing the inspection yourself or having a friend in the trades do it. It's too easy to miss big items such as chimney repairs and potential electrical code violations.