November 23, 2015 by Terry Reno

Home Inspection for Dummies

Just a few things that you should be doing when you are getting a good home inspection:

  1. Make sure that your inspector is willing to do the little things that will help you get the best inspection. This includes doing all the physical labor that is required. Your inspector should be able to take his or her ladder to every part of your roof so they can check off everything that is on your inspection sheet.
  2. There are quite a few inspectors out there who don’t know what they are doing. Make sure you ask them a few simple questions. These questions are:
    1. Are you experienced in residential inspection? This is important. If they are, they will be able to show you proof that they have been in residential inspection for a long time.
    2. What specifically does your inspection cover? Make sure that it covers your entire house. You should be present while your inspector is doing everything, so you can ask questions that you wrote down before hand.
    3. Will I be able to attend the inspection. If they say no, don’t hire them.
    4. Are you a member of a professional home inspection association? They should say yes, and, once again, be able to prove this with paperwork.
    5. How much will my inspection cost? Inspections will vary based upon your area in which you live, but make sure that you do your research, and know the market value for inspections.

Lastly, your inspector should have good reviews in your area, so search on Yelp, Google, and Facebook, and ask around for anyone that has worked with good inspectors in your area. A good home inspection will benefit both the buyer and seller, and make it so that you don’t have any surprise issues when you buy or sell a home.

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