One of the most important aspects of buying and selling a home is getting it inspected. As Dean Graziosi notes in a blog post, it’s common for an inspector to be hired once an offer has been accepted. The key is finding one who you can trust and who will be thorough.
A reputable inspector will check out the structural integrity of the home, all mechanical systems, and other important features. This includes: electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, all appliances, the condition of the exterior and interior of the home, and the foundation. The entire inspection should take anywhere from two to four hours and sometimes longer. Costs can typically start at $300 and can go much higher depending on the size and age of the home. As an article posted on FrontDoor.com notes, the structure type will also play a role in the length of time the inspection takes and how much it costs.
So how do you go about searching for the right home inspector? Start with the Yellow Pages. This will enable you to make a list of inspectors in your area. Write down all the names and numbers. Next, go online to research them. You just may find reviews from others who have utilized the services of each. While you probably won’t want to depend on reviews alone, some can be quite telling, especially if several people like or dislike the same things about a particular inspector.
Talk to people you know who have hired an inspector in the past. Find out who they used and why. Ask whether or not they were satisfied with the services they received. This is a great way to get first-hand accounts, especially if you will be a first-time homeowner.
Talk to your realtor for advice. Real estate agents are quite familiar with the process and may be able to recommend someone for you.
Search online. Some inspectors may have websites you can view to obtain more information about them. Important factors such as how long a particular inspector has been in business will help you make the right decision.
Make a list of questions you wish to ask each inspector. A list will ensure you don’t forget anything important and it gives you a way to systematically obtain the information you need.
Finding a home inspector doesn’t have to be a difficult task. No matter where you live, where there are houses, there are inspectors. After hiring one, make sure all tasks have been accomplished. After all, you don’t want to be saddled with any surprises once you’ve already moved into your new home. You can learn more about this and other relevant real estate topics by visiting Dean Graziosi’s website.