Buying a new house is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. During the buying process you’ll be working with several different professionals, from realtors to moving companies. You’ll also work with a home inspector before you commit to purchasing a home. The home inspector will identify necessary repairs and answer questions you may have about the home. Choosing a home inspector isn’t as simple as it may seem. Keep these 5 tips in mind to make sure you hire the right one!
1. Don’t take their word for it
Be sure to ask around before you hire a home inspector. Consider talking to friends, family, and neighbors to gather some recommendations. Chances are you’ll be able to ask the inspector if they have testimonials from previous customers too.
2. Take a look at their credentials
Home inspectors need to be licensed by the state in order to perform their services. If they haven’t taken the time to do this certification, then they have no business helping you. For help finding out if a home inspector is qualified, try this tool from Home Gauge.
3. Don’t go with the cheapest option
It’s always nice to save a few bucks, but not when it comes to a home inspector. You may save $50 on your inspection, but they may miss a $2000 repair. As you gather recommendations for inspectors you’ll start to see there is a wide range of pricing. Go with who fits your budget and make sure they are reputable.
4. Ask how long they’ve been in business
Getting good reviews means a lot, unless the home inspector has only done 1 or 2 inspections. You need someone who has seen it all, so ask them how long they’ve been in the industry.
5. Take a look at their inspection report
Every good home inspector has a template they use when inspecting a home. Inspectors use them to make sure they don’t miss a thing. Ask for a copy of one before you hire an inspector to make sure you know what they’ll be looking for. If they say they don’t use one, run away immediately!
What has been your experience with home inspections?