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The decision to buy a home is major, complex, and very

personal. Along with the consideration of price, style, floor

plan, and neighborhood, fundamental questions arise. Is

the house itself sound? What kinds of repairs may be in

order, and what is the time frame recommended to achieve

these repairs? What can be reasonably anticipated in the

way of costs? A home inspection will help you make an

informed decision by giving you an unbiased report on the

true condition of the property.

The degree of accuracy with which a seller presents a house can be affected by different factors. Sometimes his view may be clouded by sentimentality. Or perhaps he may have gotten used to a part of the home that in all reality needs to be repaired, renovated, or replaced. At the time he may even fail to disclose known faults. While it may not be necessary to get so nervous that you walk from a deal, you don't want to go ahead with it if you suspect problems are being concealed. A Pre-Purchase Inspection will help you avoid those scenerios. With the information found on the report, you can determine what you will want done before you agree to purchase the home and what things you can live with. Perhaps you want one big ticket item, like a furnace, replaced. Or maybe you'll decide you will want a few safety issues addressed.

You even have the option of taking the house "as is" without requiring the seller to do anything. You may be wondering, "What's the point in getting a home inspection if I'm not going to ask the seller to address any of the issues?". Here's the point. Maybe in your dreams you would love to purchase a house in "move-in condition", and maybe you are in a position to do so. In the real world, though, you may be willing to buy a "fixer-upper" if the price is right. What you aren't willing to do is buy a house that you suspect has lots of hidden issues. The seller may be an honest person and may have disclosed every flaw and potential problem they know about, but you don't know that for sure. And even if the seller is being up front, his knowledge of what may or may not be a problem is probably limited. If, however, you bring a third party into the picture who is unbiased and knowledgeable, you will feel much more confident about the purchase. Even when you see the problems that are reported on, at least you know what these problems are and you won't worry about expensive surprises down the road.

Richard D. Malin & Associates, Inc.

Home Inspections, Radon Testing, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Indoor Air Quality Testing


We offer convenient one-stop shopping for home buyers. In addition to home inspections, we offer a number of safety tests We can also arrange for a pest inspection to be done at the same time as your home inspection.

Please see our HOME

page for more information

on these other services.


The fact that you are reading this shows you realize the benefit of having a home inspected before you buy it. Keep in mind, though, that all home inspection companies are not created equally. What questions should you ask before you hire someone?


The decision to purchase a home can be overwhelming, and you probably have questions that need answers. To help in this area, we have compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions from buyers.

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