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Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties

Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. The standard CAR forms used in CA for buying single family homes state that this will be an "as is" sale.  Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.

How do I find a home inspector?
When the time comes, I can recommend a couple of local reliable home inspectors.  Know that a home inspection will cost about $300.  Naturally, you are welcome to hire your own home inspector, just make sure that inspector is familiar with "mountain homes" in SoCal.  For example, some inspectors won't know the local code and may not know what "snow load" is or where the "stop-n-waste" value is.

What's a home inspection?

A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and are paid by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.  The inspection will take about 2 hours and cost about $300.

Bill Young
Bill Young