First things first, how do you choose an inspector? Should you go for the cheapest option? How can you tell a good home inspector from a bad home inspector? This isn’t an easy question to answer but here are a few guidelines:
- Don’t get too hung up on the price. The price, whether it’s high or low, may have much of a direct bearing on the quality of the inspection.
- Ask around for recommendations. One of the best ways to assess the quality of an inspector is by asking people who have experience with them. If they come highly recommended by others, then odds are you’ll get a quality inspection.
- Ask for sample inspection reports. Even if you don’t understand everything about it, you can often get a feel for the overall quality based on a sample report.
- Ask for copies of their licensing and insurance documents. If they don’t have the proper licensing and insurance then you’re taking a risk by letting them inspect your home.
As long as keep these guidelines in mind during your search, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a good inspector.
Before The Inspection
Is there anything you can/should do before your inspection to get the most out of it? Well, no one is expecting you to become an expert overnight, but it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research prior to the inspection. It also wouldn’t hurt to start thinking about your deal breakers in advance. What, if anything, could be found during the inspection that would make you reconsider buying this house? This way you are less likely to have to make any rushed decisions later down the line when you get that inspection report. You should also make sure you block off some time to actually attend your inspection, but more on that in the next section.
What To Do During Your Inspection
The most important thing you can do during your home inspection is to ask questions! Don’t worry, you won’t annoy your inspector. Answering your questions is part of their job. Assuming it’s an independent home inspection and not one set up by the seller, then they are working for you and their primary goal is to help you understand everything about the house that you’re buying.
In order to ask these questions, you need to be there. That’s why we always recommend that you make time to attend your home inspection. Home inspections often cover a lot of ground, and it’s a lot of information to wrap your head around. Is it possible to understand the results without attending? Sure, but it would be a lot easier if you were actually there during the inspection.
When it comes time to buy a home there is no such thing as a guarantee of quality. That’s why quality home inspections are so important. Please, contact us at Super Inspection Pros. today to learn more about our home inspection process or to schedule an inspection of your home. You can find more information about our services on our website.