Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Professional Home Inspector
One of the most important steps that every home buyer must take before completing the purchase of a house is having a home inspection. Based on the report provided by the home inspector, a buyer will be able to make an informed decision about their purchase.
During the inspection, a real estate inspector or home inspector spends a lot of time with houses and inspects everything from the structure, to smaller aspects like electrical issues, plumbing, heating, cooling, and anything else to state whether the house is habitable or not.
However, to ensure that you get an accurate report, it’s imperative to find a home inspector who ticks a couple of essential boxes. If you’re in the market for a home inspector, here are the top five things to look for in a qualified professional:
1. Hire an experienced inspector.
The home inspection business is a continuing education process, the more you inspect, the more you learn. When you’re looking for someone to handle a home inspection, make sure they have been in the business for a couple of years at least so that they have seen enough to be able to pick up on subtleties.
2. Hire someone with a background in the construction industry.
If you know how things are put together, it is easier to discover deficiencies and the same logic applies to a home inspection. An inspector with a background in construction would be better suited to find and suggest fixes to major or minor structural issues. They would also be able to pick up on a compromise in the quality of the material if any when building the house.
3. Hire someone who can produce your report in 24 hours.
Time is of the essence in real estate especially when the value of the house being purchased could change overnight, implying that a client would have to spend more for the same place. Moreover, if there are others interested in making the purchase, you could even lose a deal, which is why the inspector must be able to provide a thorough inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection.
4. Hire an inspector that puts digital photos in the report.
A picture is a worth a thousand words, and it will definitely help when making mentions of specifics, connected to a house. Getting to the point would be easier with an image.
5. Hire an inspector that gives you a walkthrough after the inspection.
This can usually be done by someone who knows what they are talking about and is confident about the work they handled. Most others might find questions annoying, so hire an inspector that encourages questions and walks you through the inspection report, explains deficiencies, and answers questions.
If you’re looking for a home inspector in Corpus Christi, Texas, reach out to Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC. I am an experienced professional home inspector licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission since 2004 and am an experienced homebuilder with over thirty years of building both custom and speculative homes. I have amassed a lot of experience over the years and am more than happy to have you benefit from it.