Choose the Right Home Inspector When Buying a Home

There’s no sense in getting a home inspected if the professional you hire is unwilling, or unable to catch all the problems, or provide the services that will meet the standards you should expect. Making any fast, erroneous decisions by selecting the first business that you find online can cost you thousands of dollars cause you to regret buying the house in the first place.

Interview the inspector. Ask the inspector a few questions, like: how long it takes them to inspect the average sized home. If they can get the job done in less than a couple hours, they will probably not do a thorough enough job. Don’t let them convince you that they are so experienced, they can do it in less time. Also, ask them if they do pest inspections in addition to home inspections? If so, you could have both done at the same time and save yourself time, money and effort.

Ask for references. A good home inspector is going to have a lot of happy past customers who would be more than willing to brag about what a great job they’ve done. Call a couple of them and hear what they have to say.

Don’t choose the inspector solely on what they charge. Oftentimes, inspectors who don’t get repeat business, don’t do a good job, or hardly have any experience as an inspector offer a discounted price for their services. Sometimes new inspectors are still good and deserve a chance to talk with you about what they have to offer, but contact more than one professional before making your final decision.

Inquire about their experience and education. An inspector who has previous experience, even in other fields, might have an advantage over other inspectors. Some might have construction experience in their past, which will provide an in depth knowledge of how a house is put together correctly and what standards must be met in the construction of a home.

How helpful are they? A home inspector who cares is going to be one of the best professionals to work with because they will work hard to catch problems and explain them to you as they see them. They should be okay with walking around the property and showing you what issues they see, how soon each they need to be fixed, and how much money it’s going to cost you to get the property up to a reasonable standard.