Questions To Ask A Home Inspector
When you buy a home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector.
What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom, mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.
Are you licensed or certified? If you live in a state that licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license. At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to American Society of Home Inspectors. This shows a level of professionalism and education that you can trust.
What kind of report will you give me? You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you. If you are not going to be on Oahu to attend the inspection many inspectors provide online reports complete with photos.
Will I be able to attend the inspection? If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you or the seller will have to make.
I am buying a condo, do I still need an inspection? The answer is that as your Realtor I always suggest a home inspection no matter what type of property you are purchasing. My job is to make sure you have all of the information about a property prior to closing. That way there are no unpleasant surprises later.
As your Realtor I can help you through the steps of home buying on Oahu. Call me today at 808-220-1155 or email me at JulieSparksRealtor@gmail.com.
Home inspection - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_inspection
American Society of Home Inspectors. - http://www.ashi.org/
Easy household repairs. - http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/5-home-repairs-you-should-do-yourself.htm
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