What To Ask When Hiring A Home Inspector
What does a home inspector do?
Inspect every accessible area of a house which includes the roof, heat and cooling systems, the structure, the electrical, the plumbing, the yard, the insulation, the decks, the chimney, the basement, the crawl spaces, the sewage system. The inspector will an extensive report that outlines the exact condition of the home.
Who needs a home inspector?
Home inspections are for people who are buying houses, but can also be for a seller that would like their house inspected prior to putting it on the market.
Should I be present at the inspection?
There are some home inspectors who like to do the inspection alone, but following the inspector around you can see everything first hand.
What’s in the report?
A Home Inspection Report is usually about 60 to 80 pages long (without the glossary) that covers all of the major home components. It includes observations on each category, things that are considered a deficiency and need to be examined further or fixed, and recommended upgrades. Not everything is negative ,there may be notes of things that look good or recent upgrades as well. The report should also contains photographs.
What issues should I be really concerned about?
Major defects, like a structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects, like a small leak in the roof.
- Anything that may hinder your ability to finance, insure, or occupy the home.
- Safety hazards, like faulty electrical wiring
How long does a home inspection take?
The national average is 2.5 hours, but it could take longer depending on the condition of the house.
How should I find a home inspector?
In a lot of states, there aren’t licensing requirements; if that’s the case, make sure they have a membership in a home inspector organization, as that means they’re invested in continuing their education and are following standards of practice. It’s also important to check their references online. You should also see how much experience they have and how long they’ve been in the field.
How much does a home inspection cost?
A lot of buyers go for the cheapest prices, but you don’t always get great quality when you do that. You might pay based on the size of the home, the home price and area, special requests, and time of year. The national average is $315.00