Home Inspections: Everything You Need to Know

Getting a home inspection is an integral part in the home acquisition. As a home buyer, it is important that you find the right inspector, ask relevant questions, and make a follow-up to the owner regarding the findings that the home inspection team has identified. Doing home inspection can help you identify the maintenance and structural damages to the house. It can give you peace of mind knowing that the entire house is safe and secure from any risks. 

Finding the right home inspector 

Finding the right home inspector is an important task of the real estate agent. However, you can also hire someone that you trust.  Either way, a reputable home inspector must have an established business and references. Interview two or three home inspectors first before choosing one. These are the questions that will serve as your reference question when choosing a home inspector: 

Are you satisfied with the performance of your home inspector? 

Have you identified problems that should have been taken care of by the inspector? 

Would you recommend this home inspector to your friends? 

Once you find the right inspector, he will talk through the home inspection. You need to know how he works, how he will identify the problem, and if he will make a follow-up on the improvement done by the homeowner. Ask these questions during the inspection: 

What would you do to fix this problem? 

If you were a buyer, would you buy this house? 

Do you still consider this house safe to live in? 

How long do you think the improvement will be finished? 

Asking these questions will help you understand the severity of the condition of the property. It can help you decide for yourself whether you will still proceed with the sale or not. The home inspector can also guide you on how to negotiate with the seller on how to go about the home improvement. He can help you plan for two options that you can choose from: whether you will take care of the renovation cost but reduce the price or the seller will take care of the improvement and stick to the same price. 

After the assessment, ask the inspector to provide you a written report. Though his verbal advice is helpful, a written report will give you concrete information that you can use for future reference. When looking for a home inspector, ask them if they will provide you with a written report after the inspection and if the report will contain pictures to document the procedures taken.