Tips for Choosing a Home Inspector

Finding a home inspector can take some time. If you have never used one, then you may be a little confused about how to choose a home inspector that will be the best for you. Consider these tips when choosing a home inspector for your home.

Experience – You will want to hire a home inspector that is experienced. This means that you want someone that is a full-time home inspector and has logged hours conducting home inspections.

Knowledge/Training – When hiring a home inspector, it is good to ask them about their credentials. You will want to know about what certifications they have attained and what training they have received. Some may have a degree in engineering or architecture or a background in general contracting. Professional affiliation is something to ask about as well. Many reputable home inspectors are affiliated with professional organizations such National Association of Home Inspectors.

Referral – It is best to pick a home inspector that someone you know has referred to you. If you have someone that has used a home inspector in the past, you will want to talk to him or her. If you do not personally know someone that has used a home inspector, you can talk to your real estate agent, as he or she likely will have a list of home inspectors from which you can choose.

Cost – Cost is always a factor to consider when hiring a home inspector. Generally, there will be a common “going rate” in your area for a home inspector. Almost all realtors will tell you to get a home inspection and, if you choose not to, they will ask you to sign a form that says you do not want a home inspection. Cost is a factor, however, so go with your gut feelings and pick the one with the most knowledge and experience.  Buying a home will probably be one of your biggest investments in your lifetime. It is a good feeling when you know there are not issues with your new purchase.

Once you have considered these factors, you will be able to find a home inspector that will be able to provide you with a professional report.  This report will give you a clearer overall understanding of the condition of your home so you can make an educated decision on any necessary repairs, renovations, and updates.View below some current short sale listings updated daily provided by IDX/MLS under $250,000 within the last 10 days:

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