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How to Get the Most from Your Home Inspector

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
Getting the most from your home inspector starts with choosing one of the best inspectors, if not the best inspector, in your area.

Choose your inspector from among the members of the American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. There are other house inspection organizations, but these two are the ones that you should consider because their membership requirements are the most rigorous in the industry.

You also need to choose an inspector that has a general liability insurance and an errors and omissions policy and who has already conducted about 300 to 500 inspections.

Make sure also that for the $250 to $500 that you pay, the inspector will give you a written inspection report, including photos. Tapes, CDs or computerized reports are nice, but what will really matter is the adequacy and accuracy of the report.

Before the inspection date, ask your realtor to make sure that all parts of the house that will be inspected are accessible. This means that the utilities are on and that furnaces, water heaters, outlets, plumbing systems, built-in dishwashers and pilot lights are turned on. It also means that electric panels, the attic or the furnace are accessible for inspection.

Making access easier for your home inspector saves you additional charge. You pay an additional fee if the inspector is required to go back and inspect something that was not accessible on inspection day. Inspectors do not turn on utilities or move furniture when doing inspection to prevent liabilities that may arise from inspection-related accidents.

Additionally, ask your agent to remind the seller to make repair and replacement records, maintenance reports and disclosure statements available for lookup on inspection day.

So you can understand readily the inspection report and ask important questions about certain parts of the house, attend the inspection. Inspectors expect you to participate; many even include in their ads this opportunity for you to ask questions and allay your concerns.

However, inspectors say that they are distracted if prospective buyers ask too many questions while they are busy looking at things. So as you go around the house with the inspector, minimize distractions. Look for a free moment. Anyway, if you hired a good inspector, he will tell you crucial findings on-site and will reiterate them in his report.

All in all, choosing a reputable home inspector and ensuring that the house is ready for inspection will make you get the most out of house inspection.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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