Home Inspection Mistakes to Avoid

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A good realtor will tell you that a home inspection is something every buyer should be sure to include in their search for their dream home. It's something you may not be thinking about if just starting your home search; but a home inspection, if done correctly, can save a load of heartache and money down the line. Here are some things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your home inspection.

1. Research your inspector! Don't be afraid to ask them questions before hiring them for the job. You want a certified professional, preferably with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Things you should be sure to ask include:

  •     How long have you been inspecting homes?
  •     What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Ideally, your home inspector will have a background in construction, building, contracting, etc.)
  •     What are your qualifications, training, certifications, etc.?

2. Attend the inspection! A qualified and experienced home inspector should want you there with them to ask questions and see the features they will include in their report. These inspections may take several hours depending on the size of the home and the number of questions you ask, but it is imperative to the process that you are able to follow along. At the end of the report, "a good inspector can give you an estimate of how much you'll need to spend on repairs and upgrades, which is valuable information as you consider your budget" states Kurt Mitenbuler, a certified home inspector from Evanston, Illinois. 

3. Read your inspection report! This should go without saying, but if you're spending the time and money to have an inspection done then the least you can do is actually read the report. You'll want someone who uses clear and concise language so that you don't need them to interpret their findings.

4. Get a pre-sale inspection! Getting an inspection isn't just beneficial for buyers, but sellers as well. Getting an inspection of before you put your home on the market can help you determine what projects you might want to work on before officially listing. Sellers will have more time to complete repairs and shop around for any hired help or big-ticket items. 

5. Prep your home first! This tip also speaks to the seller side of inspections. If you're planning to hire an inspector before listing your home be sure to clear the way for him to access any attic, storage, or crawl space areas. Be ready to open any locked rooms or sheds, clean up any areas they need full visual access to; and of course, be at home and ready to meet the inspector and introduce yourself. 

Whether you're planning to buy or sell soon, I highly recommend giving your home inspection some serious thought and intention. If you're looking for recommendations of inspectors in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me