A Home Inspection is in your greatest interest before selecting a house!
The first thing you should do before looking for one is to ask yourself what does the home inspection mean to me and then find the inspector that best suites your needs.
A home inspection is a vital before of buying a home. It is also a step in the process that can be skipped but only by a fool. You would not buy a car without driving it at least around the block and even to your mechanic so why would you even consider spending thousands of dollars on the place your family will spend massive amounts of time without making sure it is not just a pretty paint job?
A home inspection is a way of looking under the hood and kicking the tires of the house to make sure the walls are not made from marshmallows and the wiring made from licorice. While marshmallow walls may be tasty they do not make for a good house, do they?
Smart buyers prefer to make informed choices. After all, knowledge is power. A properly done home inspection report will tell you everything you need to know to make a decision about the home. Simple repairs that need to be made are no big deal, but you do not want to brag to your friends about a great deal you got only to discover later that the walls are made of marshmallows.
To find the right inspector for you, there are a couple of things you need to know. The standards practice for home inspection rends to vary a lot from state to state as well as a county to city. Some states do not even require inspectors to be licensed therefore it is up to you, the informed consumer to know what to look for before you buy the service.
The American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Home Inspectors are two places to obtain standards of practice from. Gaining a copy of these minimum standards of reporting from either of these places will give you an idea of what your home inspector should do during the inspection. Ask the inspector what standard of practice he uses and compare it to what you need. A thorough and knowledgeable home inspector will usually do more then is listed.
Many professional home inspectors also carry a type of insurance called Errors and Omission Insurance. Though not required and very expensive it is a good way to judge a good inspector from a fly by night one.
Many inspectors that are licensed are also members of some professional association such as American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. Both of these organizations require a strict code of ethics as well as continued education to maintain membership.
Buying a home is a big step in a person’s life. A home inspection done by a competent inspector can save you thousands in the long run by pointing out any problems with the home before you buy. Do yourself a favor and have one done before you make an offer.
How does one find a home inspector?
Well, for me when I lived in Calgary I simply Googled “Calgary Home Inspection“. That search returned a list of a bunch of certified inspectors that I chose from when I bought my house.