While inspections are not required in most cases, getting a professional home inspection is almost always the right call. A home inspection is a thorough visual review of a residential property’s physical structure and components. The professional home inspector closely examines all visible aspects of the home, checking for repair issues, safety hazards, and anything that might need to be replaced. The buyer’s inspection typically takes place within a few days after the offer has been accepted, and before finalizing the sale giving the buyer a chance to understand their purchase, perhaps negotiate repairs, or even identify deal breakers.
As the buyer, you chose your inspector and pay them directly at the time of the inspection. Costs range from $250 to $600 depending on home type (condo, single family, etc), size, age, and experience of the inspector.