Maybe relocating to the West Coast such as San Diego, an island in the Caribbean, or down south in Florida?
Whether you’re a buyer who wants to make sure that the house you’re buying is one hundred percent livable by the time you’ve made the purchase or a seller who wants to make sure that the house you’re selling has no unknown defects that will deter buyers from purchasing, the services of a home inspector will definitely come in handy.
Keep in mind a home inspection is one of the most crucial phases of buying a home. It makes sense you would want an inspector who was skilled in their craft.
Why You Need a Home Inspector
Home inspectors do the dirty work of checking practically every nook and cranny of a house and assessing everything in the house. They provide you with a comprehensive report of the house's condition to see what needs fixing or improvement before your push through with buying or selling the property.
While for buyers, some real estate companies refer you to a particular home inspector, you can never go wrong by playing it safe and looking for other potentially more qualified home inspectors. Not all home inspectors are the same, and definitely, not everyone knows what they’re actually doing.
You wouldn’t want to just randomly enlist the services of whoever home inspector is referred to you, only to find out after you’ve moved in that your pipes are leaking. It’s important to find a qualified and trustworthy home inspector who will ensure that no corner is left unchecked and that you get your money’s worth.
Before committing to putting down all of your earnest money to move forward with your purchase, you should never skip out on an inspection.
Steps to Pick the Right Home Inspector
Identify Candidates Who Possess the Qualifications
Every residential area is bound to have multiple home inspectors. If you know someone who just recently sold or purchased a house in the same vicinity, you can ask that person about who inspected their home, and it also wouldn’t take long to ask around to find out who’s offering home inspection services.
Of course, you can also simply search on the Internet for home inspectors in a particular area since today’s reputable home inspectors should have an online presence. From there, you can gather your candidates based on their qualifications and their job history and narrow down the field until you find the right one for you.
Compare Home Inspection Reports
Most home inspectors will allow you to request samples of their home inspection reports for you to know what to expect. From there, you can have a closer look at their ability as to whether or not they are thorough in inspecting homes, and you can also have an idea of who has more expertise than the others.
If you put the home inspection reports of different home inspectors side by side, it will be relatively easy to see who the better ones are. The better home inspectors are those who have comprehensive and detailed reports about the houses they are inspecting. They know how to communicate their findings well and ensure that the client understands everything without missing out on any detail.
On the other hand, the home inspectors you wouldn’t want are those who simply put generic and formulaic observations on their reports, and their advice might even cost you more in the long run. A detailed report is an essential part of the home inspection process that should not be overlooked.
Look at The Inspectors Credentials
Apart from comparing their home inspection reports, it’s also important to look at your prospective home inspectors' credentials and accreditation's. You can find references at the local home inspector association or even at the national level for the most recognized home inspectors who you can be sure will deliver once you enlist their services.
The best home inspectors are certified by institutions in the industry and are recognized for their prolific work. They often use these as part of their promotions, and if you find a home inspector with an impressive resume, you can be sure that you’ll be getting what you paid for.
Take Training and Experience of The Home Inspector Into Consideration
Another thing to consider when looking for the right home inspector is past experience and how he has been trained for the job. It would help if you always went for home inspectors with extensive track records reflecting their trustworthiness and competence.
It’s also telling if they have been trained under other recognized home inspectors or through certified programs that produce inspectors that know what they’re doing.
Assess Home Inspectors Based on Your Budget
With the field of home inspectors that you’ve gathered, and after following the instructions mentioned earlier, you should have a narrowed list of the home inspectors you’re considering availing the services of. It’s normal for you to want the services of the best inspector available, but they naturally demand higher pay than the others.
Assessing your budget is crucial. While you want the services of the most recognized inspectors, there’s also nothing wrong with enlisting the services of an inspector within your budget so long as they have proven to be competent based on the considerations outlined above. Understanding what a home inspection costs is an essential consideration when choosing an inspector.
In fact, first-time buyers should understand all their costs of purchasing a home so there are no surprises!
Final thoughts on Picking a Home Inspector
One of the most crucial things to get right when buying a home is the inspection. It is easy to get stuck with buying a lemon if you are not careful. It is a major reason why real estate agents speak so vocally to their clients about getting ready for the inspection.
The home inspection is your opportunity to not only learn about any defects but to get a solid understanding of exactly what you're buying.
It is highly advisable never to skip a home inspection. Hopefully, you have found this guide to picking a home inspector to be useful.
About the author: The above article on how to pick a home inspector was written by Curtis Brown. Curtis is a conscientious Realtor who exudes credibility, commitment, and determination. Curtis's passion for real estate is apparent through his excellent communication skills and a warm and friendly approach