Because purchasing a home is a huge investment, it is extremely important that homebuyers find the right home inspector. Even if the home is brand new construction in the Saguaro Canyon community, in order to meet mortgage requirements, you will have to have the home inspected before you purchase it.
Unfortunately, when it comes to finding a home inspector, not everyone you reach out to will be a quality, respectable inspector. Whether they are lazy, uncaring, or hoping to make some sort of income on misleading you, there are licensed inspectors that will not provide you with a truthful report.
In order to find a good inspector, here are six questions to ask before scheduling:
- Professional Inspection Organization
Trustworthy home inspectors are typically members of a professional inspection organization, such as the National Association of Home Inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors, and/or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. If they are not a part of a national organization, many are a part of state associations, which is also a good indicatory that an inspector is reputable.
Because of the importance of the situation, it is a wise idea to ask for references from home inspectors you are considering. While they may not have a physical reference written by past clients, they will most likely be able to provide you with names and numbers of people you can call or email. Speaking with others who have dealt with the inspectors you are looking into can provide great insight into their work ethic and their honesty.
When interviewing inspectors, do not be shy about asking about their past work experience. Working with a new inspector with little to no experience is not always a bad thing. However, it is something to be mindful of, especially if they have had no formal training. But, in most cases, it is usually a bit more wise to use someone who has had a few years of experience under their belt.
- What to Inspect
An inspector’s job is to look for potential problems in areas such as the basement, attic, roof, walls, and electrical boxes. Additionally, an inspector should be physically fit enough to inspect these areas.
One of the most important things to remember about inspectors is that while they are there to inspect the state of the home, it is not their job to inspect hidden secrets in the home, such as mold or asbestos hiding behind the walls. However, if there is any outward evidence of internal issues, a great inspector should be able to recognize the signs and offer you some names of specialists who can take a closer look.
- Inspection Report
Ask them what their usual turn around is for an inspection report. Most have it finished within 24 hours. The importance of knowing the time frame is so you can have some sort of reference to give to your lender about when to expect the report.
These questions can help you find a trustworthy inspector.