Having a home inspected is an important and necessary step to purchasing a home. Whether you are a new house hunter or selling your home and are concerned about house issues before selling, there are questions you may want to know ahead of time to ask your home inspector. Even if you feel like you know a lot about your home, the inspector may use industry terms that you aren’t familiar with. By knowing what to ask, you can make sure you and your inspector are on the same page, and that you get the most out of your inspection results.
1. What Will My Inspection Cover?
You will want to know in advance what your inspection and the report will include and what it will cover. You can also use this as an opportunity to request a list/copy of the inspection requirements ahead of time and ask additional questions. If you are having your house inspected to meet certain requirements, be sure that the inspector is aware and that everything you need will be addressed.
2. What is Your Specialty?
Some inspectors specialize in either residential or commercial inspections, depending on your property type you may want to go with an inspector who has more experience or specializes in what your needs are.
3. How Long Have You Been Doing This?
Not only should you be sure that your inspector has a good amount of experience, but you can also request their history and a list of references.
4. Are You Licensed To Make Repairs?
Some inspectors are licensed to make minor repairs and correct issues, this is a bonus. Even if they can not, they are a great reference for local repair services, especially if you are new to the area.
5. What Are Your Recommendations?
A great thing to ask is if the inspector was living in the home what would he fix and when? As a professional in his field, he should be able to give you insight on what is most critical and when the best time to fix it is.
6. Can I Be With You During The Inspection?
Attending your home inspection is a great opportunity to learn about the home and all its nuances. If an inspector does not want you there that may be a red flag that they aren’t the one you want to work with.
7. How Long Until I Get My Report?
You inspection report is generally complete within 24 hours, don’t forget to ask when and how you’ll be receiving your report so that there is a good open line of communication.