If you want to purchase a house, it is paramount to ask the right questions before a home inspection. Whether the property is brand new or an older building, asking a home inspector the appropriate questions can help you avoid any problems that may come up in the future due to a mistake during the home inspection.
There have been many cases where buyers fail to have a full home inspection or end up hiring a below par inspector (which has resulted in more expenses than anticipated). Ensure you don’t check out the property yourself. A professional home inspector has the right skill set to handle the inspection. Before moving forward with the home inspection ask the inspector the below questions.
Are you Insured and Licensed?
Make sure you only speak to a licensed and insured home inspector. Licensing is required in most states, and home inspectors in these states are under obligation to show you their license. If they present a different license to you, it isn’t equivalent. There have been numerous situations where people ended up giving money, and the home inspector never shows up.
On other instances, they may show up, but the inspection isn’t done correctly. Essential parts of the building are overlooked. It is your right to know this information. Payment may be made after or at the time of the home inspection (but not in advance).
Are You Certified?
There are a number of well-established associations meant to provide trade knowledge for home inspectors. These organizations help to establish the best standards and ethical behavior among Inspectors. Some of these organizations responsible for the certification of inspectors in the country include ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), INTERNACHI (International Association of Home Inspectors) and NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors).
Check with the Chamber of Commerce for your region to verify if the inspector is reputable for providing excellent services. You can find online reviews to know what other customers think about the agency. Weigh the source of the review to determine if it is unbiased or a marketing strategy.
Do you Provide Any Additional Services? If Yes What are They?
Ask what inspections are ideal for a property purchase because whether or not the inspection company offers all types of service, it may not be the perfect one for the property. Asking this question before moving forward with your inspection can save you and the inspector time and stress. It will smoothen the entire process.
A professional home inspector with the valid certification will have the proper equipment, skill, and training, as well as experience to give you accurate details regarding the property under inspection. For more information contact South Country Home Inspection.