Most real estate agents will advise their clients who are planning on purchasing a home to hire a home building inspector. A home inspector is a licensed and certified professional who visits the home prior to purchase and inspects it for any damages or problematic issues. A thorough home inspection can help save many inexperienced buyers from committing to a lifetime investment full of electrical issues, plumbing leaks and foundation problems.
Get Reliable Recommendations
When searching for a qualified home building inspector in your local area, it is best to seek advice from other recent home buyers who have used the same type of services in the past. Friends, family members or neighbors who have used a local home inspection company can advise you on which companies to avoid and which inspection teams provided them with quality results in a fast and efficient manner.
Find a Licensed and Certified Inspector
There are over 20,000 home inspectors located nationwide and, unfortunately, many states do not require home inspectors to be certified or licensed. Dealing with an inspector that does not have a state certification or license could lead to major problems down the road. Having a license requires continuing education and training. Always look for a professional who has valid certifications whether your state requires it or not.
Choose an Inspector Associated with Professional Inspection Affiliates
Try to find an inspector who is associated with professional inspection groups such as the National Institute of Building Inspectors or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). These are some of the most reliable home inspectors in the industry. In order for an inspector to remain affiliated with one of these groups, they must pass their required education levels, meet current building code knowledge and continue to receive training related to changes in the home inspection industry.
Do Not Rely Only On Your Agent’s Recommendations
While your real estate agent may be able to recommend several home inspectors, you should not simply take their word for which professional is the best. Agents and inspectors may have a financial incentive involved in their arrangement and your real estate agent’s thoughtful suggestion may only be a hopeful sales pitch in the end. Use your own judgment when it comes to choosing the right person to inspect your home. Their evaluation will determine whether or not you should invest in the home, so you must do your own evaluation of their skills, knowledge and experience before you trust them to produce an accurate home inspection report.