Once you decide on the budget, area and type of house you want to buy you need to hire a home inspector who will help you buy a home that is up to the mark. There are many things that need to be considered while buying a home so that you don’t have to spend extra money after buying the house on repairs and other expenses. A Qualified Home Inspector will undergo a thorough home inspection and provide you with a detailed report of the findings both verbally and in a written format.
But the question is how to find a Licensed Home Inspector, where in some states it is not necessary for home inspections.
Here are a few tips that will help you find a good home inspector:
- Full time inspector
First of all ask your home inspector if he is a full time inspector or a part time inspector. It is important to know that because this will help you to know how seriously he takes up his profession. For a Quality Home Inspection you need a full time home inspector.
- Guarantee for the work done
Another thing that you need to know and ask your inspector is if he gives guarantee for the inspection and the report that he submits. This will help you to know how honestly the work is done by the inspector and you can rest assured that the inspector is good and confident about his work.
- Sample inspection report
To find a good inspector you need to see the sample reports prepared by the inspector for other homes that he must have inspected. A good report contains twenty to fifty pages with color photographs of the defects highlighted. If an inspector is showing you a report of less than 10 pages then you must take that as a sign that the inspector is not qualified.
You must also know the charges that the inspector quotes for Home Inspections Services. Sometimes there are major problems quoted by the inspector that needs to be taken care of on a priority basis. When the sellers make the necessary changes and make the house as per the required standards you can ask your inspector to visit again and inspect. But it is important for you to know whether he will charge for revisit or not as some inspectors charge for re-inspection and some don’t.
- Certificates and Credentials
One of the best ways to choose a home inspector is by viewing his credentials and certificates. An ideal home inspector must be formally trained and must have a certificate of completion of licensing program. A good inspector also keeps updating his knowledge by participating in professional organizations and continuing education.
I hope these tips will help you find a good home inspector who gives honest, unbiased and straight forward report of the home inspection undertaken.