Finally, you found your dream home! But it is not yet the end of the story. One significant thing (which is commonly taken for granted) in home buying is having it inspected before closing the deal. Why is it important? Generally, agents suggest that you offer contingent on a home inspection. It is an opportunity to renegotiate or create certain conditions that are beneficial to all home buyers. Don’t worry your real estate agents will guide you along the way.
Here are some tips on how to choose an inspector:
- Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
- Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
- References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.
- Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that continued training and education are provided.
- Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.
Most agents have something up in their sleeves and will recommend inspectors whom they have worked with in the past. But it is still your decision that will matter. Plus, if you want to be hands-on or involved in your prospective home, you can tag along during inspection. A beautiful home reflects our personality and says a lot about you. Buying a house for most of us is considered a big purchase. It’s only fair for big decisions to be backed up by the best educated and experienced professionals.