Finding a Good Home Inspector requires some time and due diligence.
Q: What is best way to select home an inspector? What criteria should I use to select a good inspector? I want to make sure the house I buy is in excellent condition.
A: When it comes to home inspectors, your search for one should be similar to your search for a good lenderA Lender is a person, company, corporation, or entity that lends money for the purchase of real estate.. You’ll want to talk to your friends who recently used a home inspectionA Home Inspection is the service a professional home inspector performs when he or she is hired to scrutinize the home for any possible structural defects. May also be done in order to check for the presence of toxic substances, such as leaded paint or water, asbestos, radon, or pests, including termites. to get a few referrals. You can also speak to your real estateReal Estate is land and anything permanently attached to it, such as buildings and improvements. agentAn Agent is an individual who acts on behalf of a consumer. A real estate agent represents a buyer or a seller in the purchase or sale of a home. Licensed by the state, a real estate agent must work for a broker or a brokerage firm. An insurance agent helps a consumer purchase an insurance policy. Insurance agents are also licensed by the state.A Real Estate Agent is an individual licensed by the state, who acts on behalf of the seller or buyer. For his or her services, the agent receives a commission, which is usually expressed as a percentage of the sales price of a home and is split with his or her real estate firm. A real estate agent must either be a real estate broker or work for one. and get some names from him or her.
Do a thorough interview with a prospective inspector, and ask what his or her process is for inspecting the property, how long it takes, what their special expertise is, and what kind of paperwork or information you will receive about the property.
You should also make sure that the inspector’s knowledge matches up with the type of property you are buying.
If septic tank systems are common in your area, make sure that your home inspector is quite knowledgeable about septic tanks and septic fields. If you live in the south, make sure he or she knows what to look for when it comes to wood boring insects.
If there have been incidents of drywall problems in your region, you’d want the inspector to know how to spot the warning signs of problems with drywall that have been linked with electrical, plumbing and health issues.
While the list is quite large, it is not enough to know that the home inspector is affiliated with a national organization, while those organizations are good affiliations; they won’t mean that your inspector is good. You still need to do your research on him or her.
In addition, you must know that home inspectors may find potential issues with items in the home and may refer you to other trades to perform additional inspections. When inspectors make these referrals, they can be bothersome.
You have hired this inspector to review the home and it may not be hugely helpful if the inspector goes through the home and lists the cosmetic problems with the home and refers you to heating, air-conditioning, termite, roofing, foundation, septic system, water heater, soil conditions, and other specialists for their review of your home. When the list gets too large, that inspector’s review of your home may be of little value.
For these reasons, you need to understand what the inspector will look at in your home before the inspection occurs. You can even ask the inspector what inspections he does not perform in the home as that list may be shorter than the list of what will be inspected.
Technology has improved and home inspectors now use infrared cameras and moisture meters to assist them in their evaluation of a home. But keep in mind that you want the inspector to know how to inspect, review and evaluate the biggest problems you might have with your home.
Any inspector can miss a broken faucet or toilet, but you don’t want that inspector missing a large crack in the foundation of the home, mold in the attic, a non-functioning septic system, a siding system on a home that has caused moisture problems to surface in the home, a roofing system that needs replacement, or a structural problem with the way the home is constructed.