Not All Home Inspectors Are Created Equal…How Do You Choose?
Home Inspectors perform an invaluable service to home buyers regardless of whether it’s their first home or their fifth. Who else is going to crawl around in a cramped, dusty, spiderweb infested crawlspace for you and really know what they are looking for? Your Brother-in-Law… unless he’s a home inspector…probably not a good idea. I encourage all my clients to have a home inspection, new or resale doesn’t matter but not all home inspectors are created equal. There are other inspections and services that can be part of buying a house, for example…
- Septic Inspection
- Termite Inspection
- Well/Water Inspection
- Radon Test
- Roof Inspection
- Pre-Drywall Inspection (new construction)
Have A Home Inspection On A New House…Why?
What if its new construction? Remember homes are built by humans using wood and stone, cement mixed by hand or machine. Wires need to be connected by hand correctly to work, water lines and plumbing pipes if not installed properly can wreck havoc in a home. We’re all human and we make mistakes, better to find them sooner rather than later.
Buying A Previously Loved Home, You’ll Be Wanting That Inspected
When buying a resale you’ll want to have the home inspected for countless reasons. Some people take excellent care of their homes and maintain them and frequently the inspector finds only minor issues. Some folks like to do the work themselves and you can tell sometimes when you see things like tile installed not quite straight. Half finished projects, bad paint jobs…Alert! Some folks live in their homes for years and never do any maintenance or repairs of any kind, and when you show up, they’d like you to buy their house as is!
Found The Perfect Home, I’d Get It Inspected
When a home inspector goes through a house there are major components of the house that they will check like the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roofing, built in appliances and so on. Nearly every house has some issue that an inspector will find, even brand new half million dollar homes will have something that an inspector could find. What happens when the inspector finds an issue and how they relay that to the buyer can sometimes scuttle a deal when the buyer is not informed correctly.
A Light Bulb Not Working Could Just Be A bad Light Bulb
On one of my listings that is under contract the buyers had a home inspection done and when I got the report (mostly minor stuff) I was surprised with the way the inspector had worded some items. There is a light fixture with three lights and one of the bulbs is out.
poorly lit areas can result in trips and falls, further evaluation or repairs recommended by a qualified contractor!
It’s a light bulb, one of three in a light fixture over a level hardwood floor, a contractor to change a light bulb! I use an excellent home inspector who is as thorough as you can get but is also very practical and realizes there could be a simple solution to something. He will use words like this…
check fixture with know working bulbs, if new bulbs do not correct the problem, an electrician should be contacted for evaluation.
Helping Home Buyers Buy Homes
I think this is a much better description and solution to a simple issue without causing undue alarm to a home buyer. I work with a lot of buyers from out of state who often cannot attend the home inspection so it’s really important that when they get the report it is well explained and offers common sense solutions. Buying a house is stressful enough especially for first time home buyers. There are a number of people and services that home buyers use when buying a home , pick someone you trust, that is recommended and will be practical and straightforward.
Don’t Take My Word For It…Ask Someone Who Used Them
As a Realtor I can give you the names of a number of home inspectors, mortgage brokers, septic inspectors, I don’t get any referral fees or anything from any of them. But it’s probably better if you speak to clients who have used them, I can provide a list of names of clients who have used these inspectors and service providers. Don’t rush into buying a home without doing your homework but also realize they all have some issue and if it’s a minor concern, don’t let it cost you your next home.
If you need help buying a home in Clayton, North Carolina, need to hire a home inspector or find a mortgage broker to get home loan give me a call at (919) 601-2268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org