Virtually all home purchases today are subject to (conditional upon) the buyer(s) being satisfied by a home inspection. We are also seeing more properties on the market where the seller(s) have decided to have a pre-inspection done on their home before it goes on the market.
A professional home inspector alerts home buyers and/or sellers to items that may need repair or defects that could affect safety or home value. Here are some good guidelines to follow when you're choosing a home inspector:
IS THE INSPECTOR TRAINED and CERTIFIED? A good home inspector will be trained both in the classroom and on site and will be and remain up to date in his or her skills. It's also a good idea to look for inspectors who are members of regional and/or national associations and thereby conduct their inspections within the standards of practice of these associations.
WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE INSPECTION? A quality home inspection will take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and should include a complete visual inspection of the structure, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof, as well as an examination of all the major systems. Some inspections will cover more than 1,500 key components of a home and its condition.
WHAT TYPE OF REPORT WILL BE PROVIDED? A good inspection will provide you with an objective, unbiased report covering all the inspector's findings and identifying potential concerns. Many inspectors will provide a computerized report printed on site at the end of the inspection. Many reports will include your detailed home inspection, digital photos, a repair and remodel cost estimate guide and home maintenance information.
DOES THE HOME INSPECTOR have ERRORS and OMISSIONS INSURANCE? All reputable home inspectors will carry Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance.
WHERE DO I FIND THE RIGHT INSPECTOR? There are many sources to draw from - Ask friends and family who have used an inspector recently, ask your sales associate for a list of local inspectors, check your local Better Business Bureau, do some research on the internet and check at the local Home Inspector's Association. Talk to and ask questions from more than one inspector before you make your decision.