Using a Professional Home Inspector
Can you perform your own home inspection? Sure, but keep in mind even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and experience of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers and sellers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house. This could impact their judgment. For the best information, have an impartial, third-party opinion, by a professional in the field of home inspection.
As The Buyer
Buying a home is more than just looking at homes for sale in Picayune. After your exhaustive property search, you and your Realtor have viewed countless homes and made an acceptable offer. Now it is time to proceed with possibly the largest, single purchase you will make in your lifetime. One very important step is to consider having the home professionally inspected.
As the buyer, you should strongly consider getting a home inspection. This is a very important tool, not to get the seller to fix everything the inspector finds, but to be aware of the home’s issues ahead of time. You and your Realtor will also use this as a negotiating tool in regards to repairs, price and possible closing costs. Keep in mind, there is no PERFECT home.
What Is Typically Found In a Home Inspection?
Important Things To Consider When Choosing a Home Inspector
When choosing a home inspector, you want to be able to verify that he is licensed. Also, knowing what is included in your home inspection is important. You can find good home inspectors by recommendation of friends, searching your area online for home inspectors, and advice from your Realtor on a few you can choose from.
You do not have to be present for the inspection, but you can be there, ask questions and have the inspection explained to you by the Home Inspector. The cost will vary geographically, but typically you can expect anywhere from $350-$600, this is all dependent on the location of the home, the size and scope of the inspection. You will come to realize this is money well spent.
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, basement or attic and structural components.
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who make a commitment, to perform inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. They are prohibited in engaging in any conflict-of-interest activities that could sway their objectivity. ASHI inspectors work their way to “ASHI Certified Inspector” status as they meet stringent requirements. They must pass a written technical exam and perform a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections done in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. As other professionals in the Real Estate Industry, ASHI Certified Inspectors must complete mandatory continuing education courses annually.
As The Seller
As the seller, you may be nervous about inspection day, don’t be. Remember, this isn’t a Pass or Fail test. The inspector is not their to “kill the deal”, in fact he is there to inspect the property and give the buyer the data. That data is then interpreted by the buyer, most often with the aide of their Realtor, in what items need to be asked to be repaired by you, the seller, and what items they can handle on their own. Remember, there is no PERFECT home.
As much as you loved and cared for your home over the years, did the suggested maintenance, home systems still fail, or have small issues that need resolved. The best way to prepare prior to your inspection is to have your systems; ie: heating and air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing checked by a licensed contractor. Always keep your receipts, and remember to have your HVAC units cleaned and checked every six months. This will keep things in the best shape they can be, and put you at ease on inspection day. Also, this will keep the house in the best selling condition.