When you are about to purchase a home, it is essential to have a home inspection done. It’s important to ask the right questions so that any problems with the property will be uncovered and there’s plenty of time for negotiating repairs or remedies pre-closing. Here are some key questions to ask a home inspector during your due diligence:
What Type of Home Inspection Do You Offer?
It’s important to make sure that your home inspector is experienced in different house systems and components like electrical, plumbing, roofing, HVAC and more. There are different types of inspectors – focus on structural damage, general inspections (including foundation) and even pest inspections.
Do You Have Professional Credentials?
Check with local organizations or authorities regarding licensing requirements for home inspectors in your area. Additionally, verify their credentials with the Better Business Bureau and request references from past customers.
May I Attend the Inspection?
Your participation in the inspection process not only helps reduce anxiety over what may be discovered, but also gives you an opportunity to fully understand the issues surrounding your future purchase. Bring along paper and pen for jotting down notes as well as an electronic device for recording details.
How Long Will the Process Take?
Your inspector should give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to inspect all aspects of the property – typically two hours or more depending on its size and amenities included. Also ask whether they provide written reports with digital illustrations or photos showing findings within 48 hrs of when it was completed.
Will You Calculate Estimated Repair Costs?
Repair costs are often critical factors in future negotiations between buyers and sellers – so always inquire about whether your inspector will calculate estimated repair costs for items uncovered during an inspection process! This can help provide an accurate assessment of repair costs associated with certain items before making any decisions about purchasing/leasing/partnering etc..