What Inspections are Involved in Buying a Home in St. Louis?

Bob Wahl
Bob Wahl
Published on March 1, 2018

Welcome to the first episode of the #HeyBob show where I’ll be answering all your questions about real estate in the St. Louis area.

Today I talk about which inspections I recommend and which inspections are required when buying a home in the St. Louis and surrounding areas.

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Gas Inspection – A gas inspection will check the safety and efficiency of all gas lines and gas appliances. Cost: around $140

Termite Inspection – A termite inspection is a good idea to make sure there is no current infestation or damage from a previous infestation. If evidence of termites is found, your agent can negotiate terms for extermination and/or repair. Cost: around $80

Radon Inspection – Radon is a deadly radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. You can learn all about radon in my four-part series beginning here. Cost: around $135

Sewer inspection – A sewer inspection is easy to overlook because it is out of sight, out of mind. But a sewer problem can be one of the costliest and messiest problems to deal with when buying a home in St. Louis and surrounding areas. It’s worth getting this extra inspection to be sure you won’t end up with any smelly and unsanitary surprises in the future. Cost: around $185

General Home Inspection – This inspection is a thorough check of the condition of the house by a certified inspector from the roof to the basement. Cost: Depends on the price of the home.


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