By Eileen Larsen
Jan 20, 2013
Q: How do you select a private home inspector?
A: Buying a home is an investment and for some it is the most expensive one they will be making.
You want to make sure that the home you select has no hidden problems. That is why a home inspection is crucial prior to purchasing. Before your home inspection, you should walk through the home and write down any questions you have for the professional.
In selecting a home inspector there are some very important questions to ask. The most important one is, “Is this your only business?” You want someone who does this every day. Many independent inspectors only do this part-time to supplement their business.
Another question is, “What type of report will I receive and when can I expect it?” This is very important. There are several different reports available. A typed, narrative report with detail as to what was inspected and their findings is usually received in a couple of days. There is also an on- the-spot, written report for those who need one right away. Accepting a verbal report without written backup is not a good idea. If you do this, you will have no record of what was inspected or the findings.
With a background in property management, I can tell you nothing lasts forever. Your home inspector can give you an estimate on how new things are and about how long before they will need to be replaced.
— Eileen Larsen, Re/Max Right Choice, 203-268-1118