Hiring a qualified home inspector can save you a lot of money and some major headaches when you’re buying a home. Most buyers don’t have the skills and knowledge to see beyond the home’s walls. And while the house might look nice, there could be serious problems lurking behind the walls, in the roof and attic, and at the foundation.
The right inspector will find any and all problems with the house so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the purchase. Here’s what to look for when hiring an inspector for your new home.
In a world where anyone can print fake documents with the click of a button, it’s essential to make sure you’re working with a professional home inspector. You can check an inspector’s qualifications and professional certifications through the American Society of Home Inspectors. You can also ask about additional certifications like WDO (wood-destroying organisms inspector) and IAQ2 (mold inspector).
Familiar With Local Building Codes and Practices
Each city and state has its own standards and practices for building. An inspector from a different area might not be familiar with how things were built in your city, and things can be missed. It’s best to find a certified inspector who has had experience inspecting local homes so they are aware of any unique materials or risks they might encounter.
The purpose of a home inspection is to find out as much information as possible about the home’s condition and its systems. The inspector will spend a few hours going through the house to check things out, followed by a walkthrough with the buyer to share their findings. They’ll then compile all of the information into a report.
A lack of trust in the inspector and their findings renders the entire inspection useless. It’s essential to choose someone you trust to have full confidence in their report. They should also be objective and independent and not affiliated with the home seller or real estate agent in any way.
The last thing you want is for the home inspection to take 30 minutes. Even on a small home, the inspection should take at least an hour. Find someone willing to spend time thoroughly inspecting every part of your home. Assuming everything is ok because it looks good on the surface can lead to many problems down the road, so look for an inspector that questions everything and leaves no stone unturned.
Call Your Home Inspection Pros Today
Finding the right home inspector can be difficult, but Your Home Inspection Pros is here to make it easy. Our certified inspector, Parrish Kunkel, goes the extra mile so nothing is missed. We’ve completed over 5,000 residential and business inspections in Salt Lake City, Utah, and neighboring cities throughout Utah, Davis, Tooele, and Wasatch Counties. Call, text, or email us to schedule your inspection today!