Getting a home inspection is plain smart, and can save a buyer from a bank account busting world of trouble later on. These home inspection tips will help you get the most from the experience.
1. Include an inspection contingency in the sales contract.
Specify that you will be having the entire home inspected, not just the major systems.
2. Choose a qualified inspector.
Laws regulating home inspections vary by state, but most reputable inspectors will be members of one of these organizations: the National Association of Home Inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
3. Ask what will be inspected and how long it will take.
The inspection should include a complete assessment of the interior and exterior of the house, from roof to foundation, as well as a thorough analysis of the electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems.
4. Be realistic.
An inspector can’t uncover everything, such as wiring issues covered by drywall or mold that can’t be seen beneath shower tiles.
5. Ask what kind of report will be provided.
Request a sample copy before hiring the inspector. If the report is little more than a checklist, choose a different inspector.
6. Plan to attend the inspection.
The best way to understand what the inspector is reporting is to see exactly what he is talking about. If it is unclear to you whether something uncovered is a major or minor issue, ask.
7. Follow up on the inspector’s recommendations.
Don't wait until after closing to start getting estimates for repairs!