The purchase of a home is one of the biggest investments people will make in their life-time, but it is also among the greatest source of anxiety. A home inspection helps ensure home buyers of the quality of their investment by making them aware of its condition and alerting them to any concerns. This can serve to relieve stress, increase confidence and even reduce the threat of legal action in the future.
Some of the benefits of a home inspection are:
- -Knowledge: Understanding exactly what you’re buying- old or new.
- -Peace of Mind: Helps in making a sound buying decision.
- -Savings: The home inspection reveals the need for repairs or replacements before you buy
- -Fewer Surprises: The home inspection limits the number of problems you may discover after you move in.
- -Education: A good home inspection also gives you invaluable details about your new home in addition to information about the condition of property. You’ll learn where the main shutoff valves to the utilities are located, how the house operates and more!
How do I find a good home inspector?
Not all inspection companies are alike, and selecting the wrong company could cost you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement cost. Consider the following when shopping for home inspection companies.
- -Experience: How much experience do the inspectors have and how long have they been in business? The best home inspectors have been in business for years and have seen thousands of homes.
- -Home Inspection Training: Have the inspectors gone through any extensive home inspection training? In many states inspectors can simply call themselves home inspectors without any training or licensing such as in Kansas.
- -Association Membership: Is the inspector a member of a professional home inspection organization? Companies that are affiliated with professional organizations are serious about what they do, and know about all the new developments in their fields. Some well-known trade associations are: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). Inspectors in your area can be located through these associations.
- -Liability Insurance: Does the inspector carry Professional Liability Insurance (Errors and Omissions Insurance)? If you ever need to collect on a legal judgment, an inspector without insurance may not be able to pay your claim.