But there are many types of home inspections that you may want to consider before buying a fixer upper, and some of those inspections could involve asking the seller to foot the inspection bills:
- Roof Certifications: Obtaining a roof certification at the seller’s expense is good business practice, if you can persuade the seller to pay for it.
- Home Warranty: Not all sellers will pay for a home warranty, but many view it as insurance against those late-night phone calls when things break after closing.
- Pest inspections: Not every state has a pest problem, but if your area deals with damage from beetles, termites or ants, ask for a pest inspection, and make your purchase offer contingent on your approval of the inspection including seller-paid repairs.
- Sewer line inspections: As properties age, so do their sewer lines. In some parts of the country, Orange burg pipe, which is basically tar paper, has been popular for use in the last part of the 20th Century.
- Home inspection: Not all home inspectors are licensed and few states regulate them. Look for experience, background to qualify the inspector and read the contract for recourse.
- Engineering Reports: Natural hazard or geological disclosures. An engineer can determine if that home on a hill is likely to slide. Pay attention to landfills nearby, contamination reports and other detrimental resale hazards.
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