Home buying is becoming completely entangled with home inspection these days. Strict financial plans and the costs of major home repairs ensure that everyone understands the need for a home inspection before buying. According to a study conducted by American Society of Home Inspectors, 77% of home buyers went for home inspection before deciding whether to buy the house. In these buyers, 81% had contingency placed in the contract regarding the inspection. 79% were present at the time of inspection and took part in it as well. While 97% believed that home inspection was definitely worth their money.
Around half of these buyers confirmed that their inspectors were a member of some professional home inspector organization. Home inspection is becoming a permanent part of real estate related to home owners and knowledge regarding how to deal with a home inspector is becoming invaluable as well. This has started to hold more weight as legislation on both national and state level grows stricter.
Home inspection literacy grows in importance every single day, so we have gathered three most significant questions that you need to ask your home inspector.
- Authentication of the report; ask whether the evaluation and report writing procedures are both in compliance with code of ethics outlined by either National association of Home inspectors or the American Society of Home Inspectors. Both of these organizations provide details of their codes of ethics and expectations from a home inspector’s report on their respective websites.
- Affiliations; ask whether the home inspector belongs to a professional home inspector association. There are a substantial number of national and state home inspector’s associations. Some of these association grant shady credentials for a fee so choose a home inspector who is affiliated with a non-profit, reputable organization and ask for a membership card.
- Experience; focus on how experienced the individual is. Know the details such as the number of houses they have inspected and number of years they have been in the profession. Ask for referrals from previous customers as well. If you are evaluating an inexperienced home inspector, request them to describe in detail their training and whether they will work with a more experienced partner on your project.
Keep these three factors in mind while evaluating a home inspector before hiring and hopefully, your inspector will be able to give a detailed and authentic feedback on the home you intend to buy.