Whether you are looking to buy a home or just want to check up on your house, a home inspection will provide valuable information regarding the structure of a home.
Follow these tips as you begin the process of having a professional evaluate a property:
Understand the Importance of an Inspection
According to Bankrate, one of the number one mistakes homebuyers make is not having an inspection completed before investing in real estate. Having a professional look at a home can reveal the presence of major structural issues, or it can show that a property is a great investment.
In addition, current homeowners should have an inspection to understand if any issues need to be addressed to ensure safety.
Hire the Best Professional for the Job
When deciding who is best suited for the job, you should ask a few questions to ensure optimal performance. U.S. News & World Report suggested asking about the inspector’s background, experience, membership to any national inspection groups, cost and what is included in the inspection.
Make Way for the Inspection
Before the professional comes to the house, clear away any clutter from areas he or she will need to gain access to or look at. Consider taking these extra items to a local storage facility to keep them out of your home inspector’s path.
Follow and Ask Questions
It is crucial that you are present for the inspection so you can ask questions and know exactly what specific issues look like and where they are located.
In addition, you can ask for estimates for repairing damages or upgrading features. Home inspectors often see similar issues arise and can provide a general estimate for these issues.
If an inspector does not allow you to follow him or her during the inspection, this can be an indicator that the professional is not suitable for the job.
Understand the Inspector’s Job
U.S. News & World Report noted inspectors won’t be able to inspect any areas that cannot be seen. So, wiring behind the walls may not be checked out. Make sure you find out exactly what is inspected during the process.
Ensuring a home is a safe place to live is crucial. Make sure you hire the right inspector and properly prepare for his or her arrival.
Head to a SecurCare Self Storage facility and speak with a professional about storage options before your inspection.