The final step of the negotiation phase of buying a home usually includes an inspection. A home inspection is a buyer’s only opportunity to make sure that the home they are interested in is free of defects and other issues that often go unnoticed. As a buyer, selecting a home inspector is a crucial task and one where the advice of the agent may be needed. It is important to remember what to consider when choosing a home inspector.
The most important item to consider is whether the inspector has the proper credentials. In a state that requires inspectors to be licensed, asking for proof of that license in important. Even if a state doesn't require licensure, the buyer can ask for proof of training and professional memberships.
The best thing that your agent can do during this time is to reach out to other real estate professionals to receive feedback about local inspectors. Their impressions of inspectors in the area can help you find one who is reliable and thorough.
The last item to consider is how the inspector answers key questions that you ask about the services that they offer. Whether they carry insurance, what their report looks like, and whether or not the buyer is welcomed during the inspection are all important questions to have answered.
Knowing what to consider when choosing a home inspector helps ensure that a buyer is truly investing in the home of their dreams instead of a home that will provide an endless headache.