For most Americans, buying a home is the largest purchase of their lives. Before you buy a home, it’s important to know that the building is in good condition. A proper home inspection can save thousands of dollars in home repair expenses and even make sure that your family is safe from potential safety issues. That is why finding the right home inspector is so crucial.
Here are some tips on how to pick someone who will do a good job for you and your loved ones.
Here’s How to Find the Right Home Inspector:
- Pick somebody independent: No matter how much you trust your real estate agent; don’t use an inspector they recommend. At worst, the agent might be picking an inspector with a history of saying yes just to seal the deal. At best the inspector will try to be honest, but still do the job with the understanding that it was your agent that brought in the business. Always pick an inspector who has no incentive to do anything but tell the truth.
- Pick an Inspector who is certified: It’s wise to pick an inspector who is an official member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. This credential is a good sign that the inspector is a qualified professional who has gone through the testing process. Members also need to go through ongoing training to stay current in the profession.
- Choose an inspector with the right insurance: When you are looking for a new home, the last thing you want to worry about is getting sued by your home inspector. Make sure the inspector has general liability insurance to cover him/her in the event of an on-site injury. Additionally, you should look for insurance that can compensate you in the event that the inspector misses serious issues in the house. This can ensure that you have the funds to make repairs if the inspector makes a mistake.
Finding a home is a major life decision. Factors such as family needs, style, school districts and cost will all play a role in your decision. With all of these factors, the last thing you want to do is spend several hundred dollars on a home inspector. A good inspector, however, can give you peace of mind about a new home and ensure that the building is safe and secure for you and your loved ones.
Garland & Mason, L.L.C. is a New Jersey business law firm with a passion for in real estate law.