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Tips On How To Select Your Home Inspector
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Selecting a qualified and competent home inspector could be one of the most important decisions you make as you move forward in purchasing your home in America's finest city or anywhere else in this great nation. This article will discuss some of the more important things you need to consider when selecting a home inspector.
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Select Your Own Home Inspector

Contrary to popular belief, it is often not advisable to select the home inspector that your real estate agent is offering you. Why you may ask? Well, it is possible that your real estate agent and their preferred home inspector have a long-standing relationship. You see, real estate agents are in the business of selling homes. Home inspectors are in the business of inspecting homes. If a real estate agent is not able to sell homes, then it is likely the home inspector will not have homes to inspect. So their relationship is one of mutual interest. Some real estate agents even go so far as to expect their home inspector to gloss over some of the more significant findings of a home inspection. In that way, the inspection report is very simplistic and doesn't alarm the potential buyer to issues that may be apparent in the home. Fortunately in this age of the Internet, it is very simple to do your homework to determine who the best inspectors are in your city. Search engines are a marvelous tool and should get you started off in the right direction in selecting your home inspector.

Perform Background Checks

Most home inspectors will have a background in construction, but it is important to select the home inspector that has more than just general construction knowledge. General contractors often don't know anything about the particular trades and skills required in building a home. General contractors spend most of their time managing people and the project of building a home. Ask the general contractor a very technical question about drywall, electrical, plumbing, roofing, foundations, flooring etc. and most often you will find that they can only provide general guidance on how to perform those tasks successfully. So where does that leave you?

Do Your Research

Most people you ask will tell you to visit a home inspector's website, check the BBB for complaints, ask local Realtors, and family and friends who have recently purchased a home. But you need to do more than that. What's at stake here? Keep in mind that you are about to embark on a purchase that could have far-reaching consequences. Buy a good home with minimal problems and it could be a nice little nest egg for retirement. Buy a bad home, one with many problems and this could be a money pit that you simply cannot get away from.

Got A Family Member In Construction?

Some will say, "I have a family member in construction, I don't need a home inspector". Again, please understand that being a home inspector is much more involved than being a construction worker. A qualified home inspector might have experience in insurance, risk management, may be an active Realtor or other real estate professional, and should have specific trade skills to include roofing, framing, electrical, plumbing, floor finishes, etc. The interplay of experience, knowledge, and understanding of building science along with all the other experiences a home inspector has in his playbook is what makes a good home inspector priceless.


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Darin Redding
Written on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 17:30 by Darin Redding

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