3 Tips for Choosing a Home Inspector

If you are looking to find a good home inspector to use for your upcoming sale or take a look at a home you are interested in purchasing, you will want to consider a few tips before choosing a home inspector to use.  Keeping a few things in mind can keep you from having a bad experience with your home inspector.

1- Education and Experienced – When choosing a home inspector it is important to find one that is experienced and educated in the field of home inspections.  Though there are many short courses available to learn about home inspection, a true professional home inspector will have a solid education, continuing education, experience, references, and should be a member of a reputable professional organization such as the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).

2 - Tools – Something you might want to ask a professional when choosing a home inspector is what tools they will be using when they come to inspect your home. Though a professional with extensive experience could probably do a thorough, top-quality inspection armed only with his flashlight, camera, and years of experience, today there is a variety of technology that allows a home inspector to provide quality results quickly and efficiently.  Look for an inspector who brings along with his flashlight and ladder a carbon monoxide analyzer, a moisture detector, an electrical circuit reader, and a digital camera, to name a few.

3 – Professional Report – Gone are the days of the hand-written paper check list indicating that your home is “OK.” When choosing a home inspector for your home you will want to find one that will provide you with a thorough, professional report that includes photos of any issues, explanations of any issues that are reported, and a indication of the severity of the items that are noted including whether they are generally maintenance issues or major issues that require immediate repair.

Choosing a home inspector for your sale or purchase of a home is important. Following these tips can ensure that you are choosing a home inspector that will give you a quality inspection which will help you sell your home or make a purchase you will be happy with.

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