Why Do You Need a Home Inspection?
Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process. Why are they so important? Home inspections provide home buyers with piece of mind. During a home inspection, which is only a few hundred dollars, an inspector checks the purchase property to determine if the home is safe and secure. If a home inspector discovers an issue, the buyer can negotiate a lower purchase price. Home inspections also help buyers to learn more about the home’s required maintenance and upkeep.
What Should You Ask a Home Inspector?
According to HUD, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are ten important questions that you should ask a home inspector.
- What does the inspection cover? It’s important to know this information up front.
- How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed? Asking for referrals is a great way to determine your if your inspector is qualified.
- Are your specifically experienced in residential inspection? You want an inspector trained in residential home inspection.
- Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection? Some are allowed to, some are not.
- How long will the inspection take? Most inspections should take about two or three hours.
- How much will it cost? Costs vary by inspector, region, house being inspected, etc.
- What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report? Ask for a sample report.
- Will I be able to attend the inspection? An inspector’s refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. You can learn a lot about your future home from attending the inspection.
- Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
- Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up-to-date? This is especially important when the home to be inspected is old or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.