7 FAQs About Home Inspectors

When it comes time to buy or sell your home, there are certain requirements that you need to follow. For instance, you must disclose any significant work that needs to be done – or perhaps has been done, and you must have a home inspection. These two are the key aspects that will be asked about, along with questions regarding the age of the home, any upgrades made and what appliances/elements will be left when the house is sold.With all these nuances of buying a home, one of the most important is the role of the home inspector. Their finding will go a long way towards how quickly your home can be sold, so knowing all you can about the inspection process is to your advantage.FAQs about Home Inspectors1. Can you choose your own inspector? Absolutely! If you have someone you prefer to work with, then by all means have them do the inspection However, if you do not know of any inspectors, then your real estate agent will be happy to arrange for one for you.2. What will the inspector be looking for? An inspector is there to point out any aspects of the home that need to be corrected. These might range from something basic like replacing a light switch to more significant like identifying a roofing concern or issue with the electrical or plumbing system.3. Who does the home inspector work for? While they are obligated to give both parties honest answers and results, they work for the party that is paying their fee. However, an ethical home inspector will not base their report on who is writing the check!4. Can you opt to forgo the home inspection? While in some instances you can choose not to have an inspection done, this is not recommended The inspection is expected to be done and should not be avoided out of a desire to protect the parties involved.5. Do I need to be there for the home inspection? While this is not required, it is wise to be there as during the inspection, the home inspector will point out action items, give tips for how to maintain or improve an area of the home, and many other pieces of information will be shared. You will likely be quite surprise at what you learn by being involved in the process!6. Appraisals are the same as an inspection, right? No. An appraisal is designed to give the value of the home, and inspector identifies aspects that need to be corrected or improved.7. Are all home inspectors certified? Surprisingly, no. Only 30 states actually require inspectors be certified and licensed. To be sure your inspector really knows their stuff, be sure the inspector is certified by ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors).Having a home inspector that you trust is vital. Do your homework and get the facts so you can make selling or buying a home a smooth transition for all parties involved.

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