How to Choose the Right Home Inspector

When you buy a home in Atlanta or anywhere for that matter, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower.  This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. A home inspection is an important part of buying process. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector.

  1. What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom, mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.

  2. Are you licensed or certified? If you live in a state that licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license. At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to an association of Home Inspectors. Some examples of associations include the American Society of Home Inspectors , International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, or the National Association of Home Inspectors.  Membership in one of these organizations shows a level of professionalism and education that you can trust.

  3. What kind of report will you give me? You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a few days to 1 week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you.

  4. Will I be able to attend the inspection? If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you or the seller will have to make. You or or agent should be present for the inspection. 

As your real estate agent, I will guide you through the home buying process. Let me help you find your new Atlanta Intown home. Call me today at 404.734.3185 or email me at sonnyjones@dorseyalston.com . KEYWORD: Atlanta home

Resources:

  1. Home inspection - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_inspection 
  2. American Society of Home Inspectors. - http://www.ashi.org/ 
  3. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. - http://www.nachi.org/
  4. National Association of Home Inspectors.- http://www.nahi.org/
  5. Easy household repairs. - http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/5-home-repairs-you-should-do-yourself.htm