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Tips to Finding a Quality Home Inspector

Tips to Finding a Quality Home Inspector

Once you have found your dream home, you must take steps to protect your investment. One of the important steps is the home inspection, The question is, how do you find a Seattle home inspector who can help you protect your investment?

Home inspectors claim to be home buying or selling advocates, but it isn’t easy to trust someone with your most-prized purchase. Normally, your real estate agent will refer a qualified inspector, but it’s good for you to do a little due diligence yourself and check out inspectors in your area and online.

As a buyer, having a home inspection performed by a professional allows you to see the home through the eyes of a neutral third party. This inspection will help you decide whether to move forward or not. As a seller, it can help you find problems before listing the home on the market, allowing you time, and saving you money on any repairs.

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A typical inspection can last 2 to 4 hours depending on multiple factors related to your home (Size, Age, Condition, etc.) and covers all the major components of your home. The inspection report will cover a lot of details that you may wonder how someone can know so much. It sounds impossible, and the truth is, some inspectors do not know so much. And that is why an online search is important to finding the right inspector.

Here are 8-tips to get informed about the right Home Inspector you should look for.

  1. Look online. If you are a buyer, start looking online for a home inspector in your area so you have time to get to know the person who will be inspecting one of the biggest investments you’ll possibly ever make. That way, when you find the right home, you won’t feel pressured to choose an inspector you don’t know.
  2. Ask for recommendations. Your agent will normally recommend their home inspector they trust and do business with, but you should also ask family and friends.
  3. Research Research Research. Do in-depth research about the prospective inspectors, such as their length of service, the type of report they provide, online reviews, and even the number of inspections they have performed. Learn about your inspector and make sure they have an online presence.
  4. Experience is the key. Look for an inspector with several years of experience as they have inspected many homes. You want someone with a broad knowledge of the systems and structures of the house.
  5. Read Reviews. Popular review sites include Google My Business, Yelp, Facebook, Merchant Circle, and others. The inspector should also have reviews on their website.
  6. Ask questions. Make sure that the inspector is familiar with the type of home you plan to purchase. Houses vary in age, designs, and materials used, and it’s especially important to understand any special risks or signs you need to be aware of
  7. Check for details. Finally, look at their inspection report so you have a good idea of how the home inspection is conducted, what they inspect, and what type of report you will receive. Choosing a home inspector who will deliver a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand report with a summary page will help you make an informed buying decision
  8. Check with state agencies. You can check with the state agency to verify an inspector’s credentials and check for records of complaints. If your state does not regulate inspectors, look for other credentials such as an InterNACHI or ASHI certification.

Bonus Tip: Choose a home inspector that recommends you attend the home inspection. What better way for you to understand your new home than to be at the inspection to ask questions and to have any issues explained. It shows the inspector’s commitment to being transparent, neutral, and of course, being the home buying or selling advocate you want.

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