Home inspections are a vital part of the home buying and selling process. They are something that buyers must invest in and sellers must pass. However, there are some pitfalls that both sides of the housing market should avoid when dealing with home inspectors. Today we’re going to be taking you through some of the things that you should take into consideration when facing your next home inspection.
Make sure you know your home inspector is legitimate.
A home inspector worth their salt has an extensive background in the field as well as a host of positive feedback. Not only that, but they should be comfortable with a short interview to examine them as a possible candidate for your next home inspection. You should make sure to ask them questions about their background, certifications, and the length of their home inspecting career. You’re looking for former contractors or builders who know their way around a house both inside and out. Shop around and make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job.
Make sure you attend the home inspection.
Homeowners aren’t required to attend home inspections, but it is highly advisable that you do so. Many people choose not to attend but find themselves stuck with a report that they don’t necessarily understand. It’s much more advantageous to follow the inspector around and ask questions as you go so that you have a full understanding of the situation. That way, you can make the most informed decision on how to handle any necessary repairs.
Make sure you prepare your home for home inspections.
As a seller, the best way to make sure that your home is ready for your next home inspection is to hire a home inspector yourself to see what they say. Waiting for the buyers to have the first home inspection performed may put you, as the seller, off track in the event of necessary repairs. Another way to prepare for home inspections is to make sure that the inspector can access all the parts of the house that they will need to inspect such as garages or basements that are usually locked. Don’t force the inspector to dig through piles of boxes and other debris to get where they need to go.
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