The Home Inspector you choose to do your home inspection is very important. Your Realtor®, Lender, Appraiser, and Home Inspector are vital components in a success real estate transaction. Too often, people try to save money by choosing not to have a home inspection, DON'T. According to the National Association of Realtors® and American Society of Home Inspectors 2001 survey, 84% of home buyers requested a home inspection as part of their contract. It's essential for you to learn as much as you can about your home.
*PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT EACH STATE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS.
I have outlined 10 things you should:
1. You have the right to choose your home inspector.
2. is your home inspector licensed. Check to see if your state requires home inspectors to have a license. If so, ask for their license number.
4. Your inspector should have Errors and Omission Insurance. Ask for a copy of the policy.
5. Are they Full Time or Part Time, and how many home inspections do they conduct yearly? It's in your best interest to know if this is their profession, or their hobby.
6. What specifically will the inspection cover and what types of report will you receive?
7. How much time should be allotted for the inspection?
8. How much will the inspection cost?
9. Do they provide references? You can ask the home inspector for references from past clients, other Realtors®, and other home inspectors.
10. Do your homework. If you need a second opinion; get one.
Your new home could be the largest investment you make in your life. Make sure you take the proper steps to insure you are protected.