What should I look for in a Home Inspector?

A home inspector plays a vital role in your home transaction. Their report helps you make an informed decision about the home you’re planning to buy.

An inspection gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchase. In the inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to:

  • Evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems;
  • Identify items that need to be repaired or replaced; and
  • Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure, and finishes.

That’s why it’s important to choose an inspector from a reputable inspection company with a national track record and ability to offer more than one type of home inspection.

Ask the following questions to your prospective home inspection company before you schedule an appointment:

  • Does the inspector have experience reviewing the type of home I might buy?
  • Can the inspector test for environmental hazards, too?
  • Is the inspector part of a national network?
  • Does the inspector have experience working with sellers and existing homeowners?
  • Does the inspector follow a methodical, systematic way to look at every home, so that they are less likely to miss a potentially critical repair.
  • Can the inspector provide a timely report so I can make an informed decision on my potential new home?

Bear in mind that the inspector is bound to only what they can see on the surface. Inspectors are prohibited from damaging the home in order to evaluate subsurface conditions. That said, a reputable whole house inspector can save you money in the way of repairs found and negotiated for seller’s expense.

(Copy paraphrased from WIN Home Inspection website and Re/MAX Inspection Waiver)