Important questions you need to ask your home inspector

The choice to hire a home inspection is available for any home buyer. A home inspection is a helpful aid in assisting the buyer to decide on whether or not to push ahead and close on the house. For those inexperienced in the home buying market, hiring a home inspector can be tedious, to say the least. However, break it down to this simple statement: Your decision regarding the purchase of the home relies solely on their findings. Therefore, it is crucial to the home buying process that you hire the most experienced inspector.

There are a few questions to keep in mind and ask at the time of hiring the home inspection company.

  • Is the home inspector certified?

There are many home inspectors available, but not all of them are professionally accredited by the  American Society of Home Inspectors. Qualified inspectors should be able to produce the credentials that you require of them. This will give you the assurance they are fully trained and qualified. Always ask to see certificates and ask for history list of clients and client testimonials.

  • How long has the inspector been doing their job?

What you need to remember is that a newly qualified inspector is not “less” qualified than an inspector who has been around for a while. You need to be able to discern the individual’s skills and abilities.

  • What exactly does the inspection cover?

You need to be sure that the inspection is meeting all the states standards; the inspector should be able to show examples of previous inspection reports. This will help give you peace of mind on what is actually checked.

  • Is a home inspector your only job?

In some cases, some inspectors have been found to work as contractors, as well as, being a home inspector. This can cause conflict of interest and make their reports somewhat suspicious and suspect. Many states now have regulations and standards in place that make this practice illegal.

In summary, even though an inspection may not be required in the sale process, the choice to have one is not only smart it could save you money in the end.


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