Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
Home inspections are critical tools in a volatile housing market because they help buyers and sellers detect structural defects or needed repairs. But they're also great ways to spot small issues before they become big trouble.
Angie’s List research shows that the four most common problems with homes are electrical, plumbing, do-it-yourself workmanship and foundation problems. Left unchecked, these issues can greatly reduce the value of a home and allow for greater damage as time goes by.
“Whether you’re the buyer or the seller, you should always have an inspection performed by a qualified inspector, but not all states require licenses for this job,” said Angie’s List
( http://www.angieslist.com ) Founder Angie Hicks. “Check out the credentials and local reputation of the person you’re thinking of hiring."
A thorough home inspection generally costs between $200 and $400 and should take three to four hours to complete.
The infographic –available at ( http://angie.li/Q34bYj ) -- illustrates problem areas and offers tips to get the most out of a home inspection. Feel free to use the infographic alone or with other coverage.
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