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What To Ask When Hiring A Home Inspector!

A home is one of the largest purchases and investments that is purchased in anyone’s lifetime. One of the most important reasons to have a home inspection when buying is the “peace of mind” it can provide. The primary purpose of a home inspection is to make sure the home is solid and safe. In Florida most mortgage companies require a full home inspection prior to a property sale. Your realtor can provide you with a list of certified home inspectors. Before hiring a home inspector here are ten important questions to ask the inspector.

What does your inspection cover?

The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront. (your realtor can also suggest inspection options)

How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed? The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even provide a few referrals.

Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?

Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection.

Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?

Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered during the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest. (your realtor can also suggest individuals/professionals who can do the repairs)

How long will the inspection take?

The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single family home, anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection.

How much will the inspection cost?

Costs vary dramatically, depending upon the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors.

What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?

Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.

Will I be able to attend the inspection?

This a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector’s refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up on the opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.

Do you maintain a membership in a professional home inspector association?

There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.

One can never know it all, and the inspector’s commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his/her professionalism and service to the consumer.

For more information on Home Inspector contact Ashton Thomas, Broker/Owner of KRG Properties 352-702-2678.

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