Buying a new home can be an intimidating and complicated experience. Finding a home inspector should not be. Ask your real estate professional for a recommended list of home inspectors to interview. Below is a list of possible helpful questions a prospective home buyer should ask a potential home inspector before hiring him or her. Steve McLinden at Bankrate advises that at least three inspectors should be interviewed and that they provide sample reports and references.
Are you certified?
Michelle Sturdevant writes that if a home inspector isn't certified, don't bother asking more questions. This is an immediate sign not to employ this contractor. Under no circumstances should a person buying a new home employ an inspector who is not certified.
How many inspections have you performed and how long have you been in the business?
McLinden recommends asking first about the inspectors previous experience. He writes: To be safe, stick with a full-time inspector who has been in the business for more than five years. McLinden also advises that inspectors be questioned about their professional certifications.
Is your experience specialized to a particular kind of house?
Sturdevant also offers this tip, which is acutely important when buying a new home. The question references residential or commercial real estate. Make sure your potential inspectors are familiar with residential properties.
How do you keep abreast of changes in industry standards, codes, and construction advances?
4 Square Home Inspectors maintain a continuing education program and advise that potential home inspectors should as well. Make sure they demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of standards. Sturdevant mentions an advantage of new inspectors, who can be very knowledgeable and may even bring another inspector to the walk through.
How long will the inspection take and should I be present for it?
CJR Home Inspections set of questions include this one. They also answer it: The size of the house, its age, and your involvement in the inspection [are all time factors]the average sized house takes about 3 to 5 hours including a conversation at the end. Sturdevant is adamant about a clients presence at the inspection. Do not miss the opportunity to be present at this home inspection. This is valuable information you need when purchasing your home. Take these questions into account when you are searching for a home inspector. They will help you make a better informed decision and will save you time and frustration in the long run. If you have any questions, contact Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate. We will connect you with one of our qualified real estate professionals.