How to Find the Best Home Inspector

An inspector has a wealth of knowledge where homes are concerned. That’s why it’s always in your best interest to pick their brain when you see them. The information that they pass onto you could very well help you become a better homeowner. You’ll be able to identify potential problems with your home and know whether or not it will be something you can repair yourself or will need to ask the seller to take care of before you purchase a home.

Knowledge is Power

There are many things you’ll want to know about your home inspection but these three questions can help you select the right home inspector to use:

  • How long have you been in business and how many clients have you served? This is very important because you want someone with experience and a solid reputation to be doing your home inspection for you. This will insure that you get the most thorough inspection available. Home inspectors who have been in the business for a long time know every corner to look at.
  • What types of things will you be checking out during the home inspection? You’ll want to know what they are planning on checking out so that you can do a bit of an inspection yourself. Plan on meeting the home inspector at the house and give them your full attention for the morning or afternoon. This is how you know you’re getting your money’s worth by hiring the home inspector.
  • When will I get the report back? Time is of the essence when buying a home. That’s why it’s incredibly important to have a deadline where the report is concerned. This will allow you to communicate these details to other parties involved in the process. Make sure the inspector’s turn around time fits into your plans.

Signs That a Home Inspector May Not Be Right

Your realtor will likely recommend a home inspector of his or her liking. Ask for additional names as well. If they cannot provide them to you, take a look at the Internet for leads. There will be some home inspectors that stand out among others.

Here are a few signs that a home inspector may not be right for you:

  • They’re not licensed. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. With that being said, a home inspector with accreditation in addition to licensing is ideal. The American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Home Inspectors are two names you need to acquaint yourself with.
  • They perform home inspections on the side. If they offer to do repair work for you because they’re the ‘complete package,’ take your business elsewhere.A home inspector with a repair background may purposely find things wrong with the home so they can ‘fix’ them.
  • They’re not willing to give you information. They refuse to make you part of the inspection process. They leave you in the dark by not answering questions, refuse to provide you with a sample inspection, and fail to tell you when your report will come back to you.
  • There is a lot of bad feedback about them. The Internet is a valuable tool for researching home inspectors. Read what other people think about the service they received. Allow that to shape your opinion on which home inspectors are the most reputable.

Home inspectors do important work. They prevent a buyer, like you, from purchasing a home in disrepair. Working closely with a home inspector can help you know that you’re getting a sound deal with the property you’re looking to buy. Learning their secrets can help you in the event that you plan on purchasing additional homes in the future.

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