As a buyer having a home inspector check on a house that you’re interested in buying can be an important part of sealing the deal. It can give you comfort of mind that the house you’re interested in has no issues you’re unaware of.
As a seller, getting a home inspector could be very beneficial for you as well. This would help you understand what needs to be improved or repaired before putting your house on the market. It would also help your realtor realize the true value of your home.
But as a prospective buyer or seller there are some things you should consider when trying to find a qualified and reliable home inspector before proceeding with any inspections.
About Home Inspectors
Know that in some places home inspectors are not regulated. Therefore knowing a home inspector’s qualifications is very important. If you are in an unregulated area, do not stick to a least expensive inspection service. Home inspectors who offer a least expensive service do not necessarily offer the best services. You definitely want to check references and client history.
Another tip in finding a qualified home inspector is to check with Home Inspectors organization or associations. Check for members who have undergone an exam and have the highest quality standards and professionalism. This could help you narrow down your choices for home inspectors.
Check with your realtor as he should also be able to recommend a home inspector. You need to be cautious about that as well. There are some realtors that would recommend a home inspector because they get something out of it. But professional and good realtors will recommend quality home inspectors from which you can choose the most appropriate for you.
If you are a buyer, you will want to get a home inspector that will represent you. You want to be cautious of a home inspector doing the job for the seller though it could be a good second perspective.
Again, as a reminder, you should check their background and references as your primary ways of deciding.
About Getting Your Home Inspected
You should have at least a basic knowledge about what should be a part of any home inspection. You do not want to be taken advantage of. An inspector missing important parts of an inspection can be very crucial. These missed inspection point could result in you needing to make major repairs to your new home.
Home inspectors should be making inside and outside inspections of the house and also be checking its different utility systems.
After finishing the inspection, the inspector should give you a written report on the findings and conclusion of the inspection. The report should give you a basic idea of what repairs need to be done. They should also bring to light any unsafe or deteriorating conditions that need to be resolved and some methods of doing that.
If you have hired a qualified and reliable home inspector his seal should be on the inspector’s report which will help validate the report.
Home inspectors can be a valuable part of you buying any new or used home.