Need to get a home inspection for a house that you have an accepted offer on? If so, it will help to ask any potential home inspector some questions to know if they are a good fit for you.
How Soon Can The Inspection Take Place?
There will likely be a very short window to get a home inspection done, and every inspector knows this when talking to potential customers. It is appropriate to ask them how soon they can get out to the home to perform an inspection. Be aware that it is possible that the home inspector you want to use is so busy that they cannot fit in your home inspection in time. If so, you'll need to move on to the next one.
Can You Be There For The Home Inspection?
It is very common for home inspectors to allow you to accompany them on the home inspection and watch everything that they do. This will not only be a good lesson in what things can be wrong with a home but give you a heads up on what will be in the report when you receive it. This will help you avoid any surprises or having to decipher what the home inspection means when you are reading just the report.
Are They Certified In Any Additional Areas?
You should know that home inspectors do not always share the same certifications. It's possible that your home inspector used to work as an electrician, plumber, roofer, or in some other area of home maintenance. If they are certified in these areas still, it means that the home inspector will pay special attention to that part of your home during the inspection.
Do They Use Infrared Cameras?
One thing to ask about when it comes to inspecting the home is if the inspector will use an infrared camera. If you're wondering why this is important, it is because it is necessary to inspect the insulation of the home. Some inspectors charge extra for this service, while others will include it as part of a standard inspection. The camera will essentially show where all the hot spots are in the walls and attic to let you know where it is lacking insulation. It gives you a little more insight into the quality of the home in a place that you can't typically see.
Reach out to a home inspector in your area for more information about their services.