How to Choose a Qualified Home Inspector
March 13th, 2014
March 13th, 2014
A new home can be the largest purchase you may ever make. Therefore, you want to make sure your dream home is just that – everything you want it to be – and not a problem waiting to happen that requires lots of work due to termites, rotting foundations or crumbling chimneys.
Unfortunately, incompetent home inspectors do exist, so it’s important you choose a home inspector who is qualified to find potential defects. Here are some tips to help you screen and find a home inspector you can trust.
1. Get recommendations.
To find a skilled home inspector, ask for recommendations from family, friends, your banker or attorney. You also can ask your Realtor to provide you with a list of inspectors. However, find out if the inspector is affiliated with the real estate agency. If so, don’t use him/her since the Realtor and inspector have a financial incentive for wanting the home sale to go through.
2. Interview the inspector.
Review his/her resume and ask questions about his/her credentials and experience. Questions to ask include:
If an inspector gets defensive with your questions or hesitates when answering, you should rule the person out.
3. Do a background check.
Verify an inspector’s license. Check for complaints by calling the inspector’s professional association, the local Better Business Bureau and companies like Angie’s List.
By hiring an experienced, qualified inspector, you can find out about potential problems before you purchase a home. Then you can have your Realtor ask the homeowners if they would be willing to fix these issues prior to the sale – saving you time and money.
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