6 Tips on Hiring a Home Inspector
It is easy to identify the obvious problems, the cracked window, the peeling paint, but what is really going on in the attic or under the porch? Finding the cause of a problem is just as important as finding the result.
We offer 6 tips on hiring a home inspector:
Obtain an inspection from someone that has an unbiased opinion. Be wary of inspectors from realtors preferred vendors list. It is illegal in some states for inspection.. firms to pay to be on these lists, but not in Delaware. Some inspectors pay a fee to be listed with realtors that will use the inspector that raises the least amount of issues.
Obtain your inspection from a knowledgeable source with roots in the construction trade. Some inspectors have insufficient background knowledge and experience. Ask them about their construction background.
Be expected to participate in the inspection process by the inspector. Attend the inspection to best understand the issues raised by the home inspector.
Expect that all accessible areas be examined. Expect your inspector to carry a ladder long enough to reach your roof. Every crawl space that is 18 inches or more tall should be entered.
If you desire to have the radon levels checked, keep in mind that in order to properly check the radon levels the testing and evaluation period will generally take from 5-7 days. Try to schedule the radon testing before the home inspection to have the results provided in the inspection report.
Be sure that your inspector is licensed and insured. Most states require this.
Be the first to write a review! Write a Review »