Welcome to my blog for homebuyers and homeowners. Here I will share stories about; how to select a home inspector, issues discovered during home inspections that affected the home’s safety and habitability, energy efficiency issues, sustainability issues, and occasionally on information that is totally unrelated to homes and home inspections. I hope that you enjoy this blog and return often.
The best surprises when you move into your new home are no surprises at all. Protect yourself and your investment by being made aware of issues that could affect the safety, structural stability, or the re-marketability of your home by hiring the best home inspector you can find. Following are several key points to consider when searching for and selecting a qualified home inspector:
1. Never select a home inspector by price alone. This can lead to disaster. Select the most qualified inspector you can find. You generally get what you pay for. Good inspectors know what they are worth and charge accordingly. You are about to make one of the largest investments of your life, don’t let a few dollars determine the difference between you receiving a thorough and objective home inspection that protects your interest and provides you peace of mind, versus an inspection of little or no value.
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair
Recognize – A thorough home inspection may find deficiencies that could affect the transaction. Correcting these deficiencies may be negotiable – or if considerable, may even halt the transaction. Bigger older homes take more time, and therefore should cost more to inspect. Generally speaking, the lower the purchase price, the better the inspector you need!
2. Trust others for home inspector recommendations, but trust yourself for making the inspector hiring decision. Practice due diligence! Seek referrals from friends, family, co-workers, and the real estate professional you are working with, but be sure to call and interview several inspectors and establish your own comfort level in their experience, qualifications, and the services and products that they deliver. Keep in mind, one of the chief assets of any home inspector is their ability to clearly and comfortably communicate with you.
Consider – If you seek references from the home inspector – ask the client if they would hire the inspector again or allow them to inspect a house for their mom!
Be Aware! – If you select your home inspector based solely on a real estate professional’s recommendation, make sure they are referring the home inspector based on merit, and not based on the fact that the home inspector has payed for their referral. Many real estate companies have preferred vendor list. The only qualification to be on these list is the home inspectors willingness to pay to play. (New York State considers this illegal, and ASHI considers this to be unethical!)
3. Please visit my Advanced Home Awareness Home Inspections website to learn more about successfully choosing an ethical home inspector.