So you’ve just found the home of your dreams in the neighborhood you’ve had your eyes on for years. In a situation like this it can be easy to get ahead of yourself, but it is vital to have patience. A thorough examination from a trusted home inspector can not only prevent unfortunate surprises, but it is likely a requirement of your lender.
Home inspections benefit both buyers and sellers of a home. They can uncover dangerous defects of which a seller was unaware or they can save a buyer from signing for a house that is not up to their standards. Not all inspectors are the same, however, so before you pay a single cent on an inspection fee you will want to know you are about to work with the right inspector.
Ask the Right Questions
The best way to determine if a home inspector is a good choice is to learn as much as you can about them, so be prepared to ask some questions. You want to feel confident that your home inspector is qualified, knowledgeable, and reliable, as well as someone you will feel comfortable working with. Examples of quality questions you should ask a prospective home inspector are:
- Do you have any professional certifications?
- How long have you been inspecting homes?
- Can you describe your inspection process?
- May I be present at the inspection?
- Will I be receiving an inspection report?
- What equipment do you use for your inspections?
A qualified home inspector will have numerous certifications and will always provide you with an inspection report. Make sure your inspector allows you to attend the inspection, as well.
What is the Ideal Price?
Budgeting a home inspection is a very important part of the process. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” price for a home inspection, considering how each home varies in size, age, layout, and location. It is worth your time to shop around for the right inspector, even if their price is slightly outside your budget.
While saving money is always nice, you need to considering the risk you take by hiring a less qualified home inspector. Overlooked defects or flaws can cause you to spend much more money down the road than a slightly hire inspection price. Remember, home inspections offer great long-term benefit. A slightly higher price for a much more qualified inspector will most likely save you some headaches and money down the road.
There is simply no substitute for experience in the home inspection industry. An individual that has been able to sustain a long-term career as a full-time inspector will most likely be one you can trust to be professional and thorough.
In the Middle Tennessee area, you can trust the experienced professionals at Premier Home Inspection to complete your home inspection in a timely and proficient manner. Contact them today to learn more!
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Cooke Realty Partners is here to serve as your go-to resource for realty services. We work with you to understand your personal style and long-term goals. If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale or inspecting a home to purchase, do not hesitate to contact us!