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  • Writer's pictureBrett Hodgdon, PE

Home Inspection 101: What First-Time Homeowners Need To Know

You've fallen in love with a house. You've decided you want to purchase it. But first, you need to hire a professional to make sure the home is in good shape and learn about any potential issues.

1. Choose your own home inspector

You get to choose who you want to hire, so do some research, reach out to friends and family, and find someone who fits your needs. Consider a licensed structural engineer, like Kanawha Valley Inspections, to get the full rundown.

2. You can join them during the inspection

If you want to get an up-close-and-personal look at the house, feel free to join the home inspector during the appointment. It will likely take a few hours, depending on the structure, so you can use that time to learn about the house, as well as take any measurements you may want.

3. Read over the report

Be sure to read through all the notes from your home inspector. If there are repairs needed or suggestions, make note of hiring a professional to remedy the needs or negotiate with the seller to fix them.

What questions do you have about your home inspection?

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