This may seem counterintuitive: Why would a seller need a home inspection? Who knows your house better than you do?
Well, as it turns out, according to Bill Richardson, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, even though you live in your house, there's a lot of things you don't see.
That list includes infestation by wood-boring insects, patches of mold in the basement, and junction boxes that aren't up to code. A so-called maintenance inspection can cost as little as $300 and make the difference between a quick sale and months of negotiation.
Steve Ruark for The New York Times
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