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:
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During and After a Professional Inspection
During and after the inspection, good home inspectors will expect you to ask them questions. Once you receive the report, carefully review any findings. Ask the inspector about anything you don’t already know yourself or fully understand (e.g., How old is the plumbing system? What are the parts that make up the heating and cooling system? What is that crack in the foundation?)
Your home inspector should be willing to explain things more than once and in different ways until you feel confident you understand the issue and potential solutions.
Take Notes of Your Own Observations, Too
You should also do your own initial home inspection before making an offer. Evaluate the conditions of and be alert for obvious flaws/deficiencies.