How to Find a Home Inspector When You’re Buying a House

In 2018, 5.3 million Americans bought homes. Whether you are a first-time buyer or not, there are some things that you need to do in order to make sure that you make the right decision about your purchase.

Finding a home inspector is one of the most critical steps you can take in the process of buying a home. However, if you have never hired the services of a home inspector before, you may not know how to find a home inspector that you can trust.

Here are some tips that will set you on the right path.

1. Learn Exactly What the Inspector Will Do

A home inspector typically will need around three hours to fully examine a property. However, don’t be surprised if they do not inspect certain areas of your home.

You can do a check of the home inspectors trade association website to find out what inspectors can an cannot inspect during a pre-purchase inspection. Here is a shortlist of some of the areas and items in your home that may not be covered during the inspection.

  • Water treatment systems
  • Lawn irrigation
  • Certain special appliances
  • Swimming pool

If you want these to be inspected, you will often need to pay additional charges.

2. Look Around

Don’t just blindly ask an inspector to look at a potential property. Go through the property with a critical eye on your own, and take a look at what may need to be inspected.

That way, you will have your own checklist ready. The inspector can work off of that and suggest additional things you may want to look into.

3. Credential Checks

Your inspector should be properly certified. This means that they must have all the state licensing that is required. Again, you can check the home inspectors trade association website for the appropriate qualifications.

Look at sample reports from the inspector as well because this will help with your decision.

4. Check Reviews When Trying to Find a Home Inspector

These days you don’t need to trust just your instincts when choosing a home inspector. That is because there are often reviews online that will tell you all about the services of the inspectors from a particular organization.

Reviews should help you make your decision, but they should be viewed in an objective manner. Make your decision based on the level of expertise offered and service pricing as well.

This way, you will be better able to make the right decision about which home inspection service is right for you.

Final Thoughts

Your search to find a home inspector doesn’t need to be overly stressful if you take the time to do your research and have a clear picture of what you should be looking for.

Remember that credentials and licensure are paramount. You should also have a clear idea about what you would like the inspector to look at based on your own findings. When you compare your checklist against your inspector’s, you are more likely to see what you may need to pay additional charges for.

If you would like more information about hiring a home inspector, please contact us.

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