Hiring a home inspector is one of the most important aspects of your real estate transaction. You need to make sure the home is truly in the condition the seller claims it is, and you need to know if there are any repairs that need to be added as contingencies before you buy the home.
While you’ll probably walk through the home more than once, remember that you aren’t a licensed home inspector. You should, however, accompany the home inspector that you hire as he or she goes through the house; that way, you have a heads-up on potential problems.
Hiring a Home Inspector
In order to find an experienced home inspector, ask your real estate agent to recommend someone. You can also explore the American Society of Home Inspectors’ website (ASHI.org) to find a licensed professional who can help.
What to Ask Your Home Inspector
Before you choose which home inspector you’ll hire, run down a quick list of questions, including:
- Do you specialize in residential or commercial properties?
- How long have you been a licensed home inspector?
- Are you a member of any professional organizations?
- May I walk through the home with you?
- Do you have “errors and omissions” insurance?
- Do you offer a guarantee?
If the inspector doesn’t want you to be present for the inspection, that’s a red flag—you should probably move on to someone else.
What the Home Inspector Will Do