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  1. What do you check in a mobile home inspection?

  2. Should a home inspection scare you?

  3. What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?

  4. Are you licensed and insured?

  5. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

  6. Is a home inspection required?

  7. Should I be there for the inspection?

  8. What tools do you use for a home inspection?

  9. Is it common for an insurance company to require an inspection?

  10. The seller has to fix everything you find wrong with the house, right?

  11. Can I do my own home inspection?

  12. Is it still possible to do an inspection if there’s no electricity or water?

  13. What’s the difference between a roof inspection and a roofing estimate?

  14. Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?

  15. Do inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?

  16. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  17. What happens at a home inspection?

  18. How do sellers try to fool the home inspector?

  19. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  20. What different types of specialized inspections can I get?

  21. What are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

  22. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

  23. What do I need to know about buying a 1950s house?

  24. What is the difference between a home inspection and a final walkthrough inspection?

  25. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  26. What is the average lifespan of a house?

  27. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  28. Should I use my realtor’s home inspector or choose one myself?

  29. Should I use a contractor or a home inspector to inspect a house I’m buying?

  30. Should I get a home inspection before signing a contract to buy the house?

  31. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

  32. Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?

  33. What is a “continuous load path”?

  34. Should I trust the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement?

  35. Should I only hire an inspector that is a member of a national association like ASHI, InterNACHI, or NAHI?

  36. Why are expired building permits a problem for both the seller and buyer of a home?

  37. Do home inspectors test all the appliances?

  38. How can I reduce the risk of an expensive surprise when buying a house sight unseen?

  39. What does a home inspector mean by calling something “not readily accessible”?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

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While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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