You’ve found the house you want to buy. Before you close the deal, seek out a professional home inspector to provide information about the condition of the home. Hidden issues can become costly and a good home inspection is a smart investment. Here are some questions to ask when hiring a home inspector.
What Do You Need to Know When Hiring a Home Inspector?
Ask Your Home Inspector About His or Her Qualifications
Learn about your inspector’s background. Specific questions to ask when hiring a home inspector include:
- Do you have any certifications? Examples of these include national certifications, a state-based home inspectors’ association certification, and any state or code authority certifications.
- How long have you been doing inspections? Experience is important to make sure you’re getting a thorough assessment of the property. You may also want to ask about the number of home inspections your inspector has completed.
- Do you have prior experience in the home construction or repair business? This is a good background for a home inspector as they will already know what is involved in home building and repair.
Learn What the Home Inspector is Looking For
To avoid any misunderstandings, ask what will be included in the home inspection. Your inspector may have a checklist of items they will examine. Ask to see a sample report. By reviewing an example of the inspector’s work, you’ll see whether the inspection report will be easy to read and easy to understand.
As the buyer, are you concerned about radon in the home? Is it important for you to learn about pests, like termites? Some home inspectors offer these add-on services. Ask your inspector about the services they provide.
What will the Home Inspection Cost?
It’s helpful to know upfront how much a home inspection will cost, so ask ahead of time. Get a quote from a few different home inspectors in your area to get an idea of an average cost for the particular size and age house you need to have inspected.
When is the Inspector Available?
Find out how quickly the inspector is able to perform the inspection. If you’re on a tight timeline, this can make a difference in how you select a home inspector. Ask the inspector if he or she can offer different date and time options so you and your real estate can choose a convenient time for the inspection.
Ask Your Inspector if You Can Attend the Inspection
If possible and your schedule allows, plan on attending the home inspection. Although you don’t want to get in the way of the inspector, you will benefit from understanding what issues are found. The home inspector may suggest a walk-through at the end of the process so he or she can point out the problems and you can ask questions.
A home inspection is one of the most important steps when purchasing a house. Making sure you choose a well-trained, competent inspector. You’ll have confidence about your home purchase and the inspection report will help you plan for improvements and upgrades in the future.