How to Choose a Home Inspector
Buying a new home can be a very exciting time in your life. It can also bring a lot of stress and anxiety. One regular practice that occurs when buying a home is a home inspection. A home inspection provides you with a full picture of the house in question and what problems it may have. These inspections can be both helpful and harmful to the buyer and the seller.
Home buyers often use inspectors to further investigate whether or not there are any outstanding problems in their future prospective home. It protects them from entering a contract with the seller when there is too much damage or other issues to be contended with. Unfortunately, sometimes this means a buyer will back out of a real estate transaction.
A seller can have mixed feelings about a home inspector. During the buyers home inspection they can feel antsy and uneasy. No seller wants to hear that a sale has been dropped due to problems that were found during a home inspection. On the other hand, some real estate agents will hire a home inspector prior to putting a house on the market. They can then take the list of problems with their client and work on them over time. This will allow them to thoroughly prepare the house to sell at its full potential.
Not every home inspector is right for the job. When choosing a home inspector it is important to keep the following information in mind:
Look for an inspector before you shop for a home. If you choose a home first, time is critical and you may feel pressured to pick the first inspector you meet. Many inspectors know a large portion of real estate agents in the area and will recommend one they have a good rapport with.
Ask friends and family for recommendations or look up a list of local inspectors on the American Society of Home Inspectors website, http://www.ashi.org
Do your research. Ask alot of questions of prospective inspectors, including their backgrounds, the length of time they've been in the business, the number of inspections they've performed and what sort of report they'll provide. You are hiring them for a service and not all inspectors share the same experience, knowledge or morals.
Look for an inspector with a broad knowledge of a home's systems. They should be able to tell you good advice on just about anything in the house.
Your state regulates home inspectors, check with the state agency to verify the inspector's license and check his record for complaints. Also be sure that he or she is properly insured.
Shop around, there is more than one inspector in your area.
Homes of different ages, designs and materials each have special risks and offer special signs, symptoms and clues to hidden damage. Be sure the inspector you choose is comfortable with the type of house you are looking to buy.
Choose an inspector who can deliver a completed report in a timely fashion. Also be sure that they can supply you a copy digitally.
Choosing a home inspector can be overwhelming at times but after the right amount of research, recommendations and conversations you should be able to choose one confidently. If you are still having trouble choosing a Home Inspector, try McDonald Home Inspections. Brian McDonald is an ASHI Gold Certified Home Inspector who has had over 13 years of experience in construction supervision, development, building inspections and consulting. If you are interested in getting a home inspection from an experienced, quality inspector look no further. McDonald Home Inspections has the inspector that is right for you. Call 978-413-9893 or contact us online today. We look forward to making your home inspection experience as smooth as possible.