Having a home inspection done on your prospective dream property?
If so, here are a few helpful hints that may make your home inspection go smoother, and be more valuable to you:
First, you should call around and ask several companies what they offer. Here are some sample questions:
A. How long does your inspection take?
B. How many pages is your report?
C. Does your report include pictures?
D. How long have you been in business? Are you a member of a professional organization, such as ASHI or NAHI? Full member or candidate?
E. How will I recieve my report? Written copy? Email, Onsite, Regular Mail? How long before I get it?
F. Will your inspector be available to answer my questions after the inspection? Will he do a follow up inspection if necessary?
G. Do I get any home warranty or guarantee? If so, for how long?
Secondly, if you already have some special concerns about this property, make sure the home inspector is aware of them ahead of time, so that he can be fully prepared to address them with you during the inspection.
Third, you should make sure that you can attend the home inspection, and try to go around with the inspector as much as possible, so that he can point out things to you firsthand, and explain where things are and how they work. Try not to bring too many other people with you, as this can be a distraction for both you and your inspector.
Fourth, be sure to READ your report once you get it! Not just the summaries, because many home inspectors include helpful hints and information in the body of the report that you won't find in the summaries.
Fifth, never be afraid to call your inspector and ask for clarification on anything that might not be clear to you. Most inspectors are more than happy to give you all the explanation you need so that you can fully understand the report and /or any defects mentioned.
And lastly, share the report with your real estate professional. If there are any major issues, you may want to discuss with them what the best course of action is, and if there is cause to re-negotiate on certain items.
Following these simple steps will help you make sure you maximize your inspectors skill and knowledge, and enhance your own knowledge of the property you are purchasing.