Top 5 things your home inspector would like you to know.
Inspections Plus Guru Understands Homes.
After working for decades as a licensed builder and roofing contractor, Todd and Tyler Ganz put their expertise to work as home inspectors. As a family they truly know construction inside and out, and their experience as a builder has made them some of the most knowledgeable inspectors in the Twin Cities area. Todd and Tyler are offering up their years of experience and sharing their observations about their industry.
Even New Homes Should Be Inspected
Your home inspection shouldn’t be optional because, simply put, no house is perfect. Whether you’re buying a brand new house or one that’s a century old, it’s important to have your home inspected. And if there’s anyone in the Home Inspection industry it’s Todd and Tyler.
It only takes a few minutes of talking with a professional inspector to see that a home inspection is crucial. They have seen it all: Cabinets falling off walls, faulty electrical systems, foundation cracks, leaky roofs, dangerous patios, hoarders…you name it, he’s probably encountered it during an inspection. And that doesn’t only hold true for older homes. Jerry once found over 300 mistakes in a new construction home; the buyer walked away from the sale because the house was in such bad shape. Had the buyer opted not to have an inspection, he would have been stuck with an extremely problematic home. In both old and new homes, a thorough inspection can mean the difference between getting a home with fixable problems, and one with problems that are too costly or too serious to repair.
Not All Inspectors Are Qualified
Not all states require inspectors to be licensed. In Minnesota, where Inspections Plus Guru operates, just about anyone can call themselves an inspector – a fact which is pretty scary when you think about the implications. However there are inspection organizations that a company should be authorized thru.
Even if your state does require inspectors to be certified, you’ll want to do thorough research before hiring one. Protect yourself from wannabe inspectors by choosing one that’s certified by the state (where applicable) or a professional home inspector association. According to Jerry, the three most well-known associations are the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI); any of these are a good starting point for your inspector search. Know, however, that each professional association has different requirements and standards, so you’ll want to do some research to determine which one you’re most comfortable with.
Price Should Not Be a Priority
You get what you pay for when you’re hiring a home inspector; skimping now could cost you significantly in the future.
“The inspector can write a clause in the contract that says if they screw up, all they have to do is refund the inspection fee,” The inspector’s liability, therefore, is very, very small. If he misses something major, like a foundation crack or a roof leak, for example, you’ll be covering the cost of the repair yourself.
On the other hand, hiring an experienced inspector can pay off in a few ways:
- If there are problems that need to be addressed, you can use the inspector’s report to ask for seller concessions or renegotiate your offer.
- If there are too many serious or costly problems, you’ll save time and money by knowing about them and walking away from the sale.
- If there are problems and you’re not able to renegotiate, you’ll still go into the sale knowing what needs to be fixed and how much it will cost.
The cost of hiring an experienced inspector, therefore, is well worth it no matter what the outcome.
You Should Go to Your Inspection
Todd and Tyler always prefer their clients to be present at the inspection because he can “really see their needs and what they’re worried about.” If you’re there to ask questions, your inspector can tailor the process to your personal needs and concerns. The inspection is your chance to take advantage of your inspector’s expertise and find out everything you need to know about the house – so you should definitely make an effort to be there.
There Are No Dumb Questions
Consumer A, is a first-time home buyer, and she recently went through the inspection process. Her biggest concern about the inspection? “Everything the inspector said I needed to fix went right over my head.” And Briana’s not alone in this. According to Todd Ganz, “jargon is a big problem” in this industry; hiring an inspector who doesn’t know how to talk on your level can make it difficult for you to get anything of value out of your relationship.
“Always ask all the questions, even dumb ones. First-time home buyers especially have no idea – and I don’t fault them for not having any knowledge,” says Tyler Ganz. Your inspector knows a lot more about houses and construction than you – it is his job, after all – so don’t feel ashamed if you have to ask him to slow down or explain something differently.
Your home inspection will be a source of anxiety no matter what, but you can make sure the money you pay for the inspection is money well spent by finding the right inspector and asking questions about things you don’t understand.
If you are seeking a certified Home Inspection Company in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area contact Inspections P;us Guru, NACHI certified Home and Commercial Inspectors with over 25 years of experience as builders and inspectors.
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