Tips for Hiring a Home Inspector

Posted by Jennifer Mackay on Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 11:49am.

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Jennifer's Tips for Hiring a Home Inspector

When it comes to buying a home, it is important to hire a home inspector to give you an unbiased opinion as to the state of the home.  But finding a good home inspector may be harder than you think.  If you do not know a home inspector, as your Panama City Beach realtor I can recommend a few to you but then it is up to you to do your due diligence in hiring.

  1. Start by asking what their qualifications are and their experience.  Ideally they have had training in construction, maintenance standards as well as experience in home inspections.  But keep in mind that they likely will not be an expert in every area and may recommend bringing in specialists for things such as pool inspections if they have a concern.
  1. Ask what items on the property will be included in the inspection.  This is especially relevant if there are outbuildings such as a garage or swimming pool.  Check if they will go up on the roof or into any crawl spaces.
  1. When the inspection is done, you should be provided a report.  You may want to ask for a sample of their report prior so you can see how detailed a report and information is you will receive.  Is it just check boxes or do they also include descriptions and pictures?

Just like any time you hire a proefssional, ask for their references and then contact the references to see if they were satisfied.  From the references, find out how long they have lived in their home and if the report was accurate and did not miss anything substantial.

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6 Responses to "Tips for Hiring a Home Inspector"

Redondo Beach certified home inspector wrote: The inspector should be able to provide you with his/her professional history and have some referrals, or have more experienced inspectors to assist them.

Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 1:44am.

Jennifer Mackay - Owner wrote: Thanks for the comment - yes - referrals and testimonials often go a long way.

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 10:19am.

Peter Jordan wrote: When any of my buyers ask me to refer them to a home inspector I provide them with a short list I consider buyer -- and not "realtor-friendly." Too often, I have witnessed cases in which "soft" inspectors have missed
critical issues in a home that have resulted buyers to feel they were betrayed by their realtor, or worse yet,
led to criminal charges of collusion, negligence and fraud.

Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 8:00am.

The Dillard Team wrote: Great tips ~ thanks!

The Dillard Team

Posted on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at 8:28pm.

Jennifer Mackay wrote: Thanks for stopping by Dillard's ;)

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 7:48am.

Jennifer Mackay wrote: @Peter - Thanks for the insight

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 7:50am.

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