Buyers are free to hire an inspector of their choice, but most buyers choose to hire a professional, licensed home inspector. Some licensed home inspectors have contracting or engineering backgrounds; all must be licensed.
How much will it cost?
Inspections can cost anywhere from $275 to $500+, depending on the size of the condo or house.
What will you learn from an inspection?
Inspectors will look for major safety and maintenance issues, as well as minor problems such as sticking windows or dramatic cosmetic items. This is also a good time to learn about the location of gas and water shut-offs, etc. Inspector’s warranties vary and you should review this issue with your inspector.