4 Things You Should Know About Home Inspections

There are many horror stories out there where young home buyers purchase a home only to find out that it’s full of mold or that the entire electrical system needs to be rewired. Situations like these can be entirely avoided with a thorough home inspection. In order to get the most out of a home inspection here are a few things you should know.
1. Be Present at Your Inspection
The home inspection is a very important part of the home buying process, so it’s important that you be present. Reading or hearing about a report after the fact is much different than actually being there and watching the inspector evaluate the home. Your goal here is to make the best decision possible and in order to do that you need to really understand what kind of condition the home is in. You may be worried that even if you are there you won’t understand what’s going on, which leads us to our next point.

2. Always Ask Questions
You’ve heard it before and it’s true here as well, there are no dumb questions. As a home inspector it is our job to help you understand what’s happening every step of the way. If you hear any technical jargon that you don’t quite understand, ask your inspector to break it down for you. If you feel like they are going to fast or you think they may have overlooked something, ask them to slow down a bit. Any home inspector worth his salt will understand that their clients don’t have the same level of understanding as they do and they will be more than willing to explain things.

3. Do Your Research
Much like with anything else, you get what you pay for with a home inspection. In Florida, anyone who advertises themselves as a home inspector must be licensed with the state, so you don’t have to worry about that, but even among licensed inspectors there is some variation in quality. The more experienced an inspector is the less likely they will be to miss major issues, issues that could end up costing you big down the line.

All this is not to say that home inspections have to break the bank, there are many qualified and affordable home inspectors out there. Just make sure you do your research and don’t go with someone just because they are the cheapest option available.

4. New Homes Need Inspections Too
Don’t assume that a home is perfect just because it was built recently, even new homes can have major issues. A thorough home inspection can uncover issues in new homes that you wouldn’t even think about, and these issues could be the difference between buying it or walking away.

Think about it like this. Building a home is an extremely complicated process and often involves many subcontractors working on different parts of the home. You can’t really be sure that all of these workers did their job properly unless you have a professional come look at the end-result with a critical eye.

With the money you save by identifying potential issues early a home inspection can often pay for itself. Please contact us at Super Inspection Pros. today to learn more about the home inspection process or to schedule an inspection for your home.

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