When a home inspector misses some items on the inspection report it can be a big deal.
Hiring a qualified home inspector can make the difference between a solid home purchase or a money pit.
We have said it before if you are going to hire a professional home inspection company you have to make sure you are hiring them for the right reasons.
Saving money on a home inspection is a bad reason to pick the cheapest option. If you are going to hire a professional surgeon you wouldn’t necessarily want the cheapest one right? It is no different with a home inspection it may be the difference between moving into a healthy home or moving into a critically ill home.
It is very important that you get the house inspected as soon as you sign the purchase agreement, no matter if you’re buying a fixer-upper or brand-new digs. (Before you sign the contract, make sure the final purchase is contingent on the inspection findings.)
Here are some tips on what you should make sure gets inspected and added to your home inspection report.
- Heating and coolingYour home inspector should let you know whether there are problems or defects or whether the systems have exceeded their design life.
- RoofingYour home inspector should let you know whether there are problems or defects or whether the systems have exceeded their design life.
- FoundationSome of the worst problems you can face are in the foundation. If the house is sinking, there is probably water collecting near the foundation
- Plumbing Warped floors are another indicator of problematic plumbing, as are stains on walls and ceilings.
- Electrical systems Wires and cables hanging from boxes that scream DIY job are not what you want.
Keep in mind that home inspectors can offer you only “an opinion, and sometimes their opinion suggest you seek a professional opinion. A home inspector should have some experience in the total operations of a home’s operational systems. It may not be necessary that they have worked in all the trades associated with a home but it would be nice. Just being able to recognize the basic systems will bring you piece of mind upon a completed home inspection.
When hiring a professional Home INSPECTION Company note they should be certified by at least on of the 2 largest Home inspection Organizations, NACHI or ASHI.
NACHI Provides a national certification for Home inspectors, they also offer licensing and continuing education.
ASHI inspectors are also required to take mandatory continuing education classes that help the inspector stay up to date with the latest in technology, materials, and professional skills.
If the home inspection company you are considering belongs to at least one of these two organizations it will help you make an educated decision when it comes to hiring a professional home inspection company.
In the Minneapolis Saint PAUL AREA Inspections Plus is a NACHI certified home inspection company. With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry Inspections Plus offers reliable Home Inspections you can trust.