Buying or selling a home is not an easy decision to make, for even the most seasoned buyer or seller. However, once you make that decision, you want to get the best offer that’s right for you and (more especially) your pocket.
In order to get a bargain, whether your buying or selling, ifs advisable to get an inspector to get the house checked out.
My advice is never buy a home without getting it inspected first, you might regret it if you do.
5 quick tips about reliable home inspections
1. Get a professional inspector.
This is the most important tip of them all. Why do I say that, well it’s obvious? You want to be sure that the inspection and subsequent report issued are done by a professional in that field. You can get an inspector from various sources such as professional associations, organizations and any other affiliates. In the alternative you could ask family or friends for referrals. The internet can also be useful this regard.
2. Experience matter.
It’s one thing getting a professional inspector, it’s another getting one with experience. An experienced inspector will not only write a detailed report, but it’s likely that he’ll let you know all the defects in your house and possibly give some additional advice for no extra cost.
3. Involve other specialists if need be
If after the initial inspection of the house, you envisage problems that might arise outside the areas that you have contracted him or her to work, you might still require the services of another specialist for that concern. For instance you might envisage problems with pest, gas, pipes roof and so-on. These will have to be looked at by a specialist in that area. It might cost you a little extra but it will be worth it.
4. Disclose all
Make sure to disclose all fact and concerns to the inspector. The more he knows the more thorough the inspection and comprehensive the report. Emphasis will be placed on the disclosed concerns by the inspector. Even the silliest concerns could be much bigger than you think and could hinder you safe and happy living in the house. So please make sure you let the inspector know everything that might be bothering you about the house no matter how trivial they might seem.
5. Read the report thoroughly
As the saying goes, ‘information is key’. The final report of the inspector is meant to be read thoroughly, especially the recommendations (if any).
6. Heed the inspectors advice
After the inspection has been conducted, the next thing will be the report, which, if done by a professional with experience, should be very comprehensive. Whatever, you do, don’t take the report lightly. Whatever the inspector recommends should be followed up, as there must be a reason for it. Advice not adhered to can be detrimental.
It’s always advisable to secure the services of a professional and experienced home inspector. In the long run they will save you time, and more importantly they will save you money.