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Buying a New Home: Inspection is Key

May 28, 2019

An in-depth home inspection will educate you about your potential new home's condition, integrity, and reliability.


Rosenblum Realty – a 4th generation, family-owned, full-service Real Estate Company that has served Huntsville and the North Alabama region for 62 plus years – always seeks to offer valued and professional advice when helping you buy a home.  When purchasing a new home, we recommend an in-depth home inspection be done.

Remember these tips when choosing your Home Inspector:

Experience Matters

Select an experienced Home Inspector with good references. The home inspection industry is loosely regulated. Just because someone has a truck and a ladder does not guarantee a competent Home Inspector. As your Realtor – and for your consideration — we can offer names of Home Inspectors with which we have had positive and professional experiences.

Ask about Pricing

The least expensive price does not always bring the best quality; typical prices range from $300 to $450.  Factors that may affect the rate are:  size of home; whether the home is on a slab, has a crawlspace, or a basement; traveling distance. You may also want to incorporate a radon test which will cost between $75-$150.

Ask About the Report You’ll Receive

Most reports will include text and pictures for a complete description of all findings along with recommendations for corrective actions. The report should be emailed for ease in sharing and for discussion with all parties. Remember that most reports have many recommendations — some may be suggested actions that could be done by you at a later date and some may be action items for the seller to repair immediately.  As your Realtor, we can help you evaluate what items require immediate consideration.

Timing is Everything

Timely receipt of your report is critical. Most buyers have only a 3-day window of time to respond with a requested list of repairs.  If the home inspector is slow in getting you the report after the inspection, it may jeopardize your right under a contract to request repairs.

Ask About a Re-inspection

Some Home Inspectors might be willing to come back after repairs are completed and review the repairs without an added charge. Regardless of cost, it might be worth the investment to know whether proper corrective action was taken.

We hope these suggestions will help guide you through your home buying experience.  We look forward to being of service to you in buying a home and taking some of the stress out of the process!


Happy Home Buying!

Carey Rosenblum, Broker
CRS, GRI, SRES, ABR, designations

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