Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Home Inspector
After finally finding a home that’s checked all your boxes, it’s time for the ultimate test - the home inspection. A home inspection plays a crucial role in defining how you enjoy your home in the years to come, and more importantly, whether purchasing the house in question is the right decision.
Getting a home inspection carried out by hiring the most qualified home inspector gives you peace of mind knowing that the interiors, exteriors, plumbing and heating/cooling of the house have been inspected thoroughly. As difficult as it may be, you want to hear about any flaws your dream home has so that you can make a well-informed decision before the house is under contract.
For this very reason, looking for a home inspector to get the job done becomes paramount. However, the search for the best could be an exhausting process. To quicken the search and make it easier to zero in on the best home inspector in your area, here’s a list of the top five things to look for.
Ask questions about the inspector’s training. In addition to his formal training, the inspector should also have some training in construction and building maintenance standards in the home inspection business. Depending on the location and age of the home, you may need to hire an inspector who is equipped to deal with asbestos, lead-based paint or other potentially hazardous substances.
Hire a company that’s been in business for a significant amount of time to ensure that the inspectors are experienced. More than just qualifications and certificates, you want someone with a wealth of experience. You should also be looking for an inspector who has experience in the type of home you are buying.
Older homes vary by region and style, and newer homes might use techniques and materials new to the market. Don’t be afraid to get into the specifics with your inspector. You want to hire the right person for the job, and with a quick internet search, you may be able to lock down on candidates in the area who will be familiar with the type of house you’re interested in.
Recommendations can also come from family and friends who’ve had a great experience working with a particular inspector, so ask around.
A home inspector should be available to work around your schedule. If not, how long will it take them to get back to you and how soon can they book an inspection? These little things at the beginning can tell you much about the service and how professional the company is.
A home is the largest investment you might ever make, and your inspection company should be able to answer any questions about your home even after the inspection. Make sure you choose a company that provides meaningful and valuable advice that will allow you to make an educated decision.
There is no doubt that having a home inspector alleviates many of the concerns that come with buying a home. But even the best and most credible home inspectors are not without fault, and there is a chance of oversight or making a mistake. Which is why it’s important to find out whether the company has insurance for errors and omissions. When you hire a company with this type of insurance, you can avoid personal liability.
Before setting foot in your home, ask the inspector these questions: Is it the company or the individual inspector who stands behind the report? Is there any sort of guarantee on the inspection and for how long does it last?
A typical home inspection includes a visual inspection of the major components of the home, including the interior, exterior, electrical, heating, cooling, plumbing, structure and the roof. Since this covers nearly everything, don’t hire someone who tells you they can do a quick inspection for a quick buck. A typical inspection takes anywhere from two to four hours or even longer sometimes. A thorough inspection guarantees you have everything covered. In addition to the standard services, you may also ask the inspector if they perform a check for appliance safety recalls on furnaces, air-conditioners, and other appliances.
Don’t be afraid to ask the inspector if you can be around during the inspection. An honest and professional inspector will encourage you to come along for the inspection and ask any questions you may have about the house.
At Velocity Home Inspections LLC, we understand the considerable amount of stress and risk involved in buying a new home. As a certified home inspector in Peachtree City, GA, we provide professional home inspection services across Peachtree City, Newnan, Tyrone, Fayetteville, Senoia, and South Atlanta, GA.
We’re committed to ethics, expertise, and excellence and have a strong working knowledge of residential details and unwavering attention to detail. So you can be assured to have all the information you need, and all your doubts addressed for you to make the right decision. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here. To get in touch with us, please click here.