Although HUD encourages home buyers to obtain a home inspection from a reputable home inspector or inspection company, HUD does not maintain a list of home inspectors. Home buyers should talk to their real estate agent or other real estate professional for information about local home inspectors. An appraisal is NOT a home inspection.
A homebuyer should make sure that the sales contract to purchase the home states that the sale of the home depends on the purchaser receiving a satisfactory home inspection.
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