1) A pest inspection, for pest and dry rot
2) a full home inspection, think of a general practitioner. They may recommend other inspections, such as roof, chimney, foundation, etc. depending on their findings.
Once those are done you can decide which repairs are necessary then have them do a re-inspection after the work is done.
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I generally suggest, to the seller, that you have any inspections you want to complete, before you do any repair work. Having the pest inspection and / or home inspection (and possibly other inspections), will give you an idea on potential repair costs. You can then prioritize the most important items to complete first. Some sellers are hesitant about completing any inspections before they have an offer to purchase and then they let the buyer pay for the inspections. This works, but then the seller does not know what possible problems he may be facing once in contract. The timing may also limit your ability to negotiate the best possible price for the repair work too.
I generally hire individuals with specific skills in the type of work they are inspecting. For example, a pest inspector to check for dry rot, pests, etc; a pool inspector to check pool equipment; a roof inspector to check on its condition.
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I recommend that you have the inspections done before you begin the work. Then do a reinspection after the repair work has been completed. That way you have a checklist of all of the repairs needed and you can make certain that all of the repairs are done, and done correctly.
My experience in the past has been that if you wait until after the work is done, to do the inspection, often there are repairs that were needed but were not done. You then have to go back and reopen the work and complete the repairs.
Where I see this problem most often is in bathrooms with leaky showers and leaky toilets that have caused water damage and dry rot damage to the substructure of the house. The homeowner may call a contractor to fix the leaky shower or toilet, but the contractor that the homeowner hired often does not make adequate repairs to the substructure.
The result is that you have to go back and open up the floor to do the additional repair work that should have been done the first time.
With respect to the issue of inspectors, I use a General Contractor who is also a licensed pest control inspector and I have him inspect everything before any work is done. That way I have a checklist for the contractors of work that must be done. Personally, I prefer to use one inspector who is licensed and qualified to inspect everything, however as long as the inspectors are well qualified, multiple inspectors work just as well.
After the work has been completed, I then call my inspector back to reinspect the property to make certain that all of the required work has been completed and completed properly.
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Hope that helps.
Locally most buyer prefer to do it themselves hoping to find flaws for a monetary concession.
For termite it is a good idea to get it inspected and share the results to sellers. often corrective actions have been taken.
Termite( make sure the garage is clear)
Get all of these done after all work is completed on the home and prior to getting the home on the market.
This will allow you to negotiate with a buyer as an informed seller. This equals no surprises for you.
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Use the inspection to your benefit in the sale of the home...let others know what was found (if anything). You may want to correct the more significant items to let the buyers know they were addressed.