Moving into a newly purchased home can be one of the most stressful and challenging life moments for any homeowner. An important part of the process of purchasing a home, aside from the financial considerations, is the required home inspection. Once you make an offer on a home, it is critical to have a licensed home inspector go over it with a fine-toothed comb before you finalize the purchase. As the home buyer, it is your responsibility to choose an inspector wisely and stay involved through the entire process.
You might consider checking to see if there are any professional memberships or associations in your area that can recommend a licensed inspector. A helpful tool like the one available from the American Society of Home Inspectors might be a good place to start your search for a licensed home inspector in your area.
Choosing an Inspector
Finding a qualified, licensed and experienced home inspection professional is the first step. How and when the inspection and inspection report will be done is another important factor in choosing the right inspector for your needs and timeline. Here are some questions to ask potential candidates:
- Can I see your home inspector license?
A professional inspector should always carry their license. Do not contract an inspector who fails to show proof of certification.
- Are you currently working/have you ever worked for the seller’s realtor?
Your home inspector should be working for you and you only.
- What is your education, training and experience?
Home inspection is a unique discipline, and your inspector should have specific experience in residential inspections. The inspector should be able to provide you with their history in the profession, along with references. You should review your inspector’s residential inspection experience and make sure you are comfortable they have the experience you are looking for. Read More