When it comes to buying a home one of the most important steps is taking care of the home inspection. After spending countless hours looking for your perfect home, this step may seem like a formality but it is anything but. You may think that you are getting the perfect home for a steal but the home inspection could potentially change everything and uncover major issues. This is where your home inspector can make or break the sale. Having an experienced home inspector with the right expertise could save you time, money, and mental anguish. Imagine you are going through the home inspection and your inspector notices a problem. They write in their report that the estimated cost is a couple thousand, but after closing you find out that they majorly undersold how big of a deal it actually was. Now you are stuck with problems which could have been a deal breaker at double or triple the cost that you were expecting. This is why we have 4 things that you can do to save yourself all the turmoil that comes with a bad inspector.
- Get recommendations from your agent! Make sure you are using your agent for all their resources. Ideally you have chosen an agent who has extensive experience selling homes, in which case, they have seen the best and the worst when it comes to every aspect of the process. No matter which side of the sale you are on, the home inspection is one of the biggest steps when going from contract to close which means an experienced agent has more insight than you could possibly imagine.
- Do your own research! If you have an agent that has been selling for years then that can take a lot of this off your plate. That being said, if you don’t have the resource then make sure you look into the potential inspectors yourself. Utilizing sites like Angie’s List to see reviews will show you how previous home buyers felt about their experience with that inspector. They will show times when things went right as well as times where they went wrong, and the more reviews the better.
- Ask for their prior work! Being able to see some of the reports that they have written in the past will get you the best insight into their investigations. If you see when they had problematic houses you will be able to see how specific their knowledge base is and that is what you want. You want to see issues that are clearly stated, a thorough explanation of how serious the issue is, and proper recommendations of how to fix them. As you look through their work it is important to keep in mind what inspectors are able to do and what they aren’t, like radon and termites.
- Listen to your gut! If your first interactions with an inspector are unprofessional, then that should be a symptom of bigger problems. You want your inspector to have the same qualities as your agent. They should be responsive and show that they have an established business, not just inspecting on the side for extra cash. This is an important matter and getting the best work is necessary.
By checking off these few steps you be saving yourself from buying the wrong home while thinking it is perfect. This is one of the biggest investments that anyone will make in their life, so making sure that you are working with professionals throughout the process is of the utmost importance.
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