Did you realize that choosing a home inspector is something that you need to prioritize in your home buying or selling journey? It should not be an afterthought because a home inspection “is your one opportunity to get a clear-eyed assessment about the true condition of something that, for many, is the most expensive purchase of a lifetime” (Consumer Reports). In this post, we will share why you need a home inspector, how to choose the right one, and the main things that you need to be sure they inspect for you.
Why You Need One
Both buyers and sellers can benefit from hiring an experienced home inspector. For sellers, investing in an inspection can help you identify issues before you start the selling process. This will prevent unexpected delays or loss of money when the buyer hires their own inspector for your home.
How to Choose the Right One
When we help our clients find a home inspector, we offer them the following advice:
- Interview more than one inspector. We have a list of ten inspectors for you to use as a starting point.
- Ask your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers for recommendations.
- Do your research! After you compile your list of potential inspectors, do in-depth research prior to beginning interviews and deciding who to hire.
- Ask what their fees are, what is included in the inspection, do they charge mileage, etc.
- If you have a large property with extra buildings, check to see if they will inspect every building or what will be excluded.
- Are they capable of testing for Radon?
- Do they have a conflict of interest? Meaning are they a contractor and may over/ under inflate the repairs needed.
- Get a list of references to contact prior to hiring.
Remember: a Good Home Inspection is worth the money paid. It gives buyers and sellers confidence and peace of mind, and nothing is more important than that in any real estate transaction!
What They Should Inspect
When you hire an inspector, you can expect them to inspect the following items in your home:
- Heating system
- Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
- Interior plumbing and electrical systems
- Attic, including visible insulation
- Windows and doors
- Structural components
(source: The Mortgage Reports)
With these tips, you are all set to hire the best home inspector for your needs. If you would like to connect with our team to start selling, contact us today!