Friday, July 27, 2012

How to Chose a Home Inspector

So, you made your offer and it has been accepted. From a paperwork perspective, you have forwarded your executed contract to both your attorney and your mortgage loan officer. The Attorney Review process can take as little as a day or a much as 10 days, depending on any unusual contract provisions or any amendments to the contract being sought; the average is about 3 days in Northern NJ.

So, what is your next step? Scheduling a Home Inspection. You have already indicated a time frame during which you will have your new home inspected. But, you haven't done this before, so who do you chose? Do i really need an inspection?

The answer the latter is YES!. I'm reminded of a story I read when I first started where a buyer bought a newly constructed home. He moved in during the summer and couldn't wait to have his family visit for Christmas. The big surprise wasn't what was put under the tree, it was what wasn't put in his guest bathroom: plumbing. While the bathroom had a tub, toilet and sink, none of them were ever hooked up to water sources. So, this poor buyer had to have his bathroom redone at his expense.

It's important to note that your home inspection is a very important part of any home buying process; an inspection that is done well can save you a huge amount of money and headaches. For this reason, choosing the right home inspector is crucial. Obviously, a referral--from your agent or a friend--is the best way to find a great home inspector. A good agent recommends more than one, often providing you with an area list of qualified NAHI approved inspectors, so here are some tips to help you choose wisely:

Find out how long they’ve been in business. Not all good inspectors have been in business for decades, but a lengthy career does often, at the very least, indicate a level of proficiency and customer satisfaction.

Speaking of customers, read client testimonials. Are they from clients or real estate agents? Do they have testimonials from three delighted clients, or thirty? Look for reviews that mention thoroughness or punctuality, or anything else you want in an inspector.

Read about their qualifications and experience. Look out for clever wording like “10 years of industry experience.” This doesn’t equate to 10 years of home inspection experience. And, more importantly, can your inspector accommodate the full scope of your inspection needs? Do they have engineering experience (to help with structural observations)? Do they conduct the termite and pest inspection or, do they have you "hire" a separate inspector for that (also a way some inspectors play with their fees)? What about lead paint testing? Will they go up on your roof? These are questions you might want to ask as these are components of what should be evaluated when buying a home.

Lasly, view a sample inspection report. If there isn’t one available or you need to send the inspector an email to request one, it’s probably for good reason. Home Inspectors that are proud of their reports practically want to push the report into your lap and you want to make sure that the report is something you can easily understand so you have a document you can work with your attorney and Realtor. And like so many purchasing decisions we make in our likes, I strongly recommend not making price your primary concern, as any issues revealed in a home inspection will more than pay for the cost of the inspection itself, no matter how much it ends up costing.

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