As with building contractor, you are putting your most valuable asset in the hands of your home inspector.
Based on their report you will be making a decision about the biggest purchase of your life, and if they miss an important issue it could cost you thousands in the long run.
So, how do you choose the right inspector?
We suggest you ask the following questions, to ensure your peace of mind and future enjoyment of your new home.
Is your inspector fully certified and qualified to do a complete home inspection?
Certification gives you peace of mind that your inspector is up to date on all of the codes and practices and is fully trained in every aspect of home inspection. It shows you that your inspector will carry out a full and comprehensive inspection that will allow you to make an informed choice about your new property. Ask to see their certification before agreeing to hire them.
What can you expect from your home inspection?
Check that the inspection meets the standards set by the governing body and government guidelines. It should also meet all of the requirements of the local council and state. Get a list from your inspector of the areas they will be inspecting and ask how long their inspection will last. A full inspection should take approximately two to three hours. Ideally, you should accompany your inspector as he conducts the inspection.
Is your home inspector fully covered with a professional indemnity insurance?
Ensure that your home inspector is fully covered with a professional indemnity insurance. This protects both you and the inspector from any liability of any issues that might arise in the future. An inspection without insurance is not a giving full service and leaves you vulnerable if there is an area your inspector overlooks.
What will your home inspection report include?
Ensure that you will receive a report that is both comprehensive and easy to understand. You should receive your report in writing, not verbally. If it is full of technical jargon it can be hard to understand, leading to you miss an important issue. Ask when you will receive the written report; it is usual that you will receive it within 24 hours of the inspection
Talk to several home inspectors before making your choice and don’t allow anyone to pushing you into signing a contract before you are satisfied with their answers to these vital questions.