Whether you are buying a home for your family, an investment property for your future or a commercial property of your growing business, it is a large and important purchase that can come with many risks to you as the buyer.
Whether you are buying a home for your family, an investment property for your future or a commercial property of your growing business, it is a large and important purchase that can come wit many risks to you as the buyer. It’s the inspector’s job to make sure you can buy the property and still sleep at night, knowing that you are purchasing a property with minimal risks. Choosing the right home inspector can be very important to the buyer. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right inspector:
Choose an inspector that someone you know may have used in the past and had a great experience with. If your inspector was recommended to you, inspect them! Make sure they have a quality rating and great reviews.
Ask the inspector a few qualifying questions such as:
- Do you mind if I attend the inspections?
- What do you inspect?
- Make sure your inspector is objective, independent and doe snot have any affiliation with the real estate agency selling the home.
- I would like to attend and may have some questions, do you mind explaining things that I may not understand?
- When you send me the report, will you go over the report with me, if I have any questions about it?
- How long will it take to receive the report after the inspection is completed at the property?
- Be sure that the Inspector you retain has professional affiliations and certifications through nationally recognized organizations such as NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors), ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists), etc. This information will help to give you insight into the background, and depth of industry involvement of the Inspector you plan to hire.
Attend the inspections and ask questions. Inspectors are used to buyers attending their inspections. This is a large purchase for you, it is your right to show up and ask questions. If you see something you don’t understand, ask for an explanation.