Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing A Home Inspector
One of the most crucial parts of buying a home is having a home inspection carried out by an experienced professional before the home is purchased.
All too often, clients fail to register for an inspection in advance and in a rush to get an inspection done, hire the cheapest and most readily available inspector which results in a below-par inspection. A decision that is rued once they move into the home and find that several issues were not discovered at the time of the evaluation.
To ensure that you get the best home inspection professional, Northcoast Property Inspections has listed five of the most common mistakes people make when hiring a home inspector and how to avoid them.
1. Not checking credentials. There are plenty of home inspectors around, but not all of them are certified, have a license or experience in home inspection. Ensure that you ask the home inspector you are considering for references and history of work completed. Also, ask about qualifications and how much time they put into continued education.
2. Hiring an inspector who isn’t insured or bonded. It’s important to make sure your inspector is insured and bonded for your protection. One small error can be a major financial expense, and the inspector’s liability is only as good as the insurance, should it ever be needed. Always ask if the home inspector is insured and bonded before hiring them.
3. Not viewing a sample report. An inspection is not a pass-fail test, and every home will have flaws, The key to a successful inspection is being able to understand the report submitted by the inspector. Ask for a sample report of another property that was inspected to learn what kind of report you will receive. Ensure that it is neat, precise, and easy to read.
4. Opting for the cheapest inspection. You always get what you pay for! A bargain is not always the smartest option. Opting for an inspector with more experience and certification may cost you a few more dollars, but it will be worth the money.
5. Not communicative. You want to work with an inspector who talks to you and clears your doubts. If you have any questions, the inspector should be open to answering them even after the report has been finalized. If the home inspector does not excel at customer service, it’s not a great idea to enlist their services.
A real estate purchase is one of the most significant investments a person will make in their lifetime and to ensure that it is a good investment, reach out to Northcoast Property Inspections. As Jacksonville’s most trusted home inspection company, we will ensure that you receive quality inspection services and are kept in the loop at all times. We provide full home inspections, wood-destroying organism inspections, new construction inspections, wind mitigation and more.