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Will Handley

Pro

Home inspector (30 years experience)

Specialties:
Consulting,
Commercial R.E.,
Inspection

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I'm looking to buy soon

Answer

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How much does a Home Inspection cost?

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Size, age, location, type of foundation, configuration and area economics all factor into the inspectors pricing structure. When gas was near $5 per gallon in California or with our recent increase's in income taxes, sales taxes, energy taxes, insurance costs, health insurance costs, etc.. inspection fees will no doubt be different than in lower business cost states... 

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How much does a Home Inspection cost?

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Size, age, location, type of foundation, configuration and area economics all factor into the inspectors pricing structure. When gas was near $5 per gallon in California or with our recent increase's in income taxes, sales taxes, energy taxes, insurance costs, health insurance costs, etc.. inspection fees will no doubt be different than in lower business cost states... 

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Who is actually buying investors or real homeowners.

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A large portion of monthly sales involve investors to be sure. Blackrock has purchased over 500 homes in the Sacramento area this year. They're just one of many large portfolio buyer groups moving into the rental market.

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how do you access property lines/bounderies on Zillow.com?

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I'd be very surprised if that informtion was available on zillow.com Normally those records are pulled off parcel documents and or plot plans at building departments. There maybe some basic access much like google earth provides but for an accurate representation of the property lines a visit to the building department or enlisting the services of a surveyor maybe required.

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Can I have a home inspection as a prospective tenant?

Answer

Wet Dawgs, landlords try to hold tenants responsible for any number of pre-existing conditions. First let's assume that much like a standard home purchace not all sellers/landlords are created equal. If that were the case there would be no disclosure requirements and no real estate attorneys in the world.Now let's begin. Cracked toilets, cracked window glass, damaged railings, worn/torn carpeting, cracked flooring, cracked counter tops, damaged appliances, bent/damaged roll up garage doors, damaged window screens, restricted drains, cracked sinks, missing drain stops, worn/damaged tub showers, broken faucet stops, plaster damage, damaged or missing window hardware, worn/damaged light fixtures/covers are just a few of the items that landlords use to withhold security and or deposit funds.Now let's consider these items, inoperative heating/AC systems, damaged appliances, safety issues such and missing or inoperative smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fireplace systems that are inoperative or need to be serviced.I often find water damage, active plumbing leaks, mold and or other safety issues. What tenant wants to move into a property and immediately begin the process of repair and remediation or worse dealing with an uncooperative landlord.Even a simple transaction like renting a car has the need for a review of the asset before taking possession or you run the risk of being charged for those pre-existing conditions upon return of the asset.Buyer and in this case "Tenant" beware!

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Can I have a home inspection as a prospective tenant?

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Wet Dawgs, landlords try to hold tenants responsible for any number of pre-existing conditions. First let's assume that much like a standard home purchace not all sellers/landlords are created equal. If that were the case there would be no disclosure requirements and no real estate attorneys in the world.Now let's begin. Cracked toilets, cracked window glass, damaged railings, worn/torn carpeting, cracked flooring, cracked counter tops, damaged appliances, bent/damaged roll up garage doors, damaged window screens, restricted drains, cracked sinks, missing drain stops, worn/damaged tub showers, broken faucet stops, plaster damage, damaged or missing window hardware, worn/damaged light fixtures/covers are just a few of the items that landlords use to withhold security and or deposit funds.Now let's consider these items, inoperative heating/AC systems, damaged appliances, safety issues such and missing or inoperative smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fireplace systems that are inoperative or need to be serviced.I often find water damage, active plumbing leaks, mold and or other safety issues. What tenant wants to move into a property and immediately begin the process of repair and remediation or worse dealing with an uncooperative landlord.Even a simple transaction like renting a car has the need for a review of the asset before taking possession or you run the risk of being charged for those pre-existing conditions upon return of the asset.Buyer and in this case "Tenant" beware!

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Can I have a home inspection as a prospective tenant?

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Good comment Bob, I may have stated the timing portion of that scenario incorrectly. When I perform these rental inspections they are during the walk through portion of the transaction. I guess the lease has been signed subject to inspection. I'm in the coastal area of Orange County where deposits for summer rental beachside homes run in the tens of thousands of dollars. I also perform them on commerical properties and in what might be best described as executive homes where once again the deposits are substantial. Having the inspection will document property condition and in many cases cause the owner to effect repairs prior to taking possession of the property. I'm guessing the reports assist with full refund of deposit at lease termination at least from a property condition perspective. I'm not suggesting have an independent third party home inspection of a studio apartment at $600 per month, this service would offer protection where the loss can be much greater.

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Can I have a home inspection as a prospective tenant?

Answer

Good comment Bob, I may have stated the timing portion of that scenario incorrectly. When I perform these rental inspections they are during the walk through portion of the transaction. I guess the lease has been signed subject to inspection. I'm in the coastal area of Orange County where deposits for summer rental beachside homes run in the tens of thousands of dollars. I also perform them on commerical properties and in what might be best described as executive homes where once again the deposits are substantial. Having the inspection will document property condition and in many cases cause the owner to effect repairs prior to taking possession of the property. I'm guessing the reports assist with full refund of deposit at lease termination at least from a property condition perspective. I'm not suggesting have an independent third party home inspection of a studio apartment at $600 per month, this service would offer protection where the loss can be much greater.

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