What is the Deal With Home Inspectors?
When you buy a home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. As they say “you get what you inspect, not what you expect” Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the air conditioning wasn’t working—in the middle of the summer! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. A home inspection is an important part of buying your home. Agents at CityMax Realty always recommend doing an inspection. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector.
- What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a crack in the wall, mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.
- Are you licensed or certified? If you live in a state that licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license. At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to American Society of Home Inspectors. This shows a level of professionalism and education that you can trust.
- What kind of report will they give you? You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you.
- Will I be able to attend the inspection? If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you or the seller will have to make. You need to attend, This is also the time that an inspector will go over emergency cut offs and general maintenance tips.
Getting an inspection is a good Idea.If you chose not to get an inspection, at least get a home warranty. Therefore if something breaks it will be covered. Warranties are typically cost around $500. One of the inspector’s I recommend, Mike Monahan, uses an infrared camera and can see behind walls, to discover moisture and cold spots. He has saved my clients thousands of dollars. Wouldn’t you prefer to find these items out before buying a home, so you can negotiate with the seller while you still have the upper hand?