The Home Inspection Should Include:
Roof and Exterior Components
Foundation and Structural Components
Hot water Systems
Windows and Doors
Attic and Ventallation
This is just a partial list, Good Luck!
Hope this helps!
Buying a 50 to 40 year old home could be advantageous because more than likely the home has had updating to the HVAC system and electrical and plumbing.
Once we have the inspection we can get together and look to see if there are any repairs that need to be negotiated. There are a few things that you have to realize when you buy a home in that area.
1. They are not new homes and there are going to have little things wrong with them. What we are looking for big items: structural, electrical, plumbing, roof, etc.
2. In requesting repairs you have to look at what you are purchasing the home for. If we have beat the seller down on the price he/she maybe reluctant to make the requested repairs. The seller may feel that they have already discounted the home because of the condition.
3. The last thing to remember is this. The bigger the issue the more likely the seller is to make the repair. The reason is because on things like roof, electrical and so forth, the seller will have to address that issue regardless of what buyer comes along. So he might as well deal with the buyer he already has. It comes down to the old saying. "A bird in the hand . . ."
If you are ready to start looking just let me know if I can be of assistance
b) after you locate a property never purchase a home unless you have it inspected you will have an option period to bring in your inspector if you don't like the report during the option period you can walk away from the property.
MOST IMPORTANT locate a seasoned real estate agent that can prevent unnessary expenses don't fall in love with a property till after the inspection.
Like every profession, there are different quality levels of home inspections. Try to look for a ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) certified inspector. The ones we've used have always pointed any potential issues with foundations or the mechanicals. By the way, in Minnesota the going rate tends to be around $300. Good luck!