Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Home Inspector

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Buying a home requires a significant investment and to ensure that they are making a prudent financial investment, buyers turn to home inspectors. By getting a home inspection, buyers receive a report that describes the condition of the house and suggests fixes to be carried out.

Based on this report, buyers can negotiate a new price for the home or will know how much work will have to be completed on the house they are purchasing.

Home inspectors are usually trained professionals that carry out a check on the house, its structure, and systems. However, there is an increasing number of home inspectors advertising their services without having the necessary experience or abilities, which makes finding the right inspector a challenge.

If you’re in the process of looking for a home inspector, here’s a list of the top five things to look for, to help you narrow down your search for the most qualified inspector. 

1. Knowledge.

It doesn’t matter if an inspector has been in business for a long period of time or a short time. Inspectors are only as good as the knowledge they possess. Look for an inspector who continues their education or has a professional seal. To earn and keep a professional seal, inspectors must take continuing education classes above and beyond those needed to renew their licenses.

2. Willingness and patience.

An inspector should be willing to have you follow them during the inspection and should have the patience to explain what it is they are looking at, along with any deficiencies found. However, keep in mind that an inspector should not let you get into dangerous situations. For example, not let you up on the roof, or be near an open electrical panel.

3. Flexibility.

A home inspection usually involves getting together the buyer, real estate agent, inspector, and seller at a convenient time for all. Also, the inspection must be done in a specific number of days from the offer. Does the inspector you are considering have flexibility in scheduling an appointment? Choose an Inspector available to work around your schedule.

4. Offerings.

New Home construction, pools, spas, pests, are all different types of inspections offered aside from a general home inspection. Wood destroying organisms require a separate license in the state of FL. While pools and spas are not part of routine inspections, (Standards of Practice) many inspectors do include them and should be familiar with the basics of the systems. Before signing a contract, ask yourself, does this inspector do the type of inspection I need?

5. Price.

While price is always a consideration for a home buyer, most home inspectors offer a home inspection within a range. For example, a 2000 square feet house may range from $300 to $350. If you find an inspector that has a price range outside the average, you may want to keep looking. There are many good home inspectors, and you don’t need to pay an unreasonable price for your inspection.

If you’re looking for a home inspection in Clermont, Florida and the surrounding areas, reach out to On the Level Home Inspections LLC. We are a professional team of home inspectors, that inspect the foundation, grading of land, roof, attic, basement, ceilings, walls, floors, insulation, ventilation, windows, electric panels and wiring, plumbing including hot water heater, HVAC, and other appliances. We do not work on Sundays, but you can get us on any other day of the week from 9 am to 6 pm. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here. To get in touch with us, please click here.