As a customer when you call about a home inspection, one of the first questions you will ask will be "What does a home inspection include?" and "How much does it cost?". You will hear a dollar figure and a long memorized spiel about plumbing, foundation, roof, furnace, etc. etc. Chances are those are not the answers you are looking for, because you are not asking the right questions. A better question may be "What does a home inspection do for me, the buyer?" or "How are you qualified to do the inspection?".
As a homebuyer, a home inspection is a way for you to find out if the home is as it seems to be or is their any unseen problems you need to know about upfront. Depending on the results of the home inspection report, you will have the opportunity to change certain conditions of the contract. The more information you have about the product the easier it is to make a decision on the purchase. You wouldn't buy a car without taking it to a mechanic. You don't buy clothes without first knowing they will fit, in most cases you will try it on. When a mechanic looks at the used vehicle you are about to purchase, he will check everything for you and let you know if there is anything wrong with the car. You then can buy it "as is", you can negotiate a lower price to include the price of the repair or you cannot make the purchase at all. Buying a home is not any different. A thorough home inspection will give you the information you need to make a wise decision when it comes to the purchase of your home. The home inspection will make you aware of anything wrong in the house.
When choosing a home inspector for your prospective home, you will want to obtain a copy of the inspector's standard of practice. The standard of practice recommended is from the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. After reading the standards you will know the minimum level of reporting your inspector will provide. The best home inspectors will go beyond the minimum.
A license to practice is now required in New York State. A license is the state's method of letting you know the inspector has past a minimum competency test and also may have attended a training program. The state of New York is licensing state. The home inspectors working in New York are required to have a license. A large number of the home inspectors are certified because before New York became a licensing state, the home inspectors took the time and the effort to be certified by certain organizations such as the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. This organization is the strictest on it's members, and has continuing education requirements it's members must meet to renew their membership each year. There are home inspectors in other states going the extra lengths for there clients as well.
Written By Inspector Dennis Kanakis
Olympian Civil Home and Building Inspections
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