Find a Good Home Inspector
You should always hire a good inspector before finalizing
the purchase of any home. This isn't just for stand-alone
homes, but goes for condo buildings as well. Besides just
the individual unit in a condo building, they should look
at the building as a whole. You should have the condo documents
for them to review. This can provide you with valuable insite
that can save you money in the long run.
Home inspections should include examining heating and central
a/c systems, plumbing, electrical, insulation, structural
integrity, included appliances and windows.
Using their report, negotiate with the seller to reduce
the price or solve problems to make up for whatever difficulties
may have been found. This can be a matter of thousands of
dollars, making the cost of inspection well worth it.
Spending a little bit of time and attention at the moment
of purchase of a home can help make the ensuing years of
living in that home more enjoyable and profitable for you
and your family..
Caveat Emptor - Let
the Buyer Beware
Be careful of inspectors who also offer to perform repair
work for you.
Be careful of inspectors who won't let you attend the inspection.
Be careful of inspectors who won't offer you references.
Be careful of inspectors recommended by realtors. Make certain
that they are on your side and not trying to help the transaction
Be careful of inspectors that won't let you see sample reports.
Questions that you should ask:
What is inlcuded in the inspection?
How many homes have you inspected?
What is your focus?
Choose a condo inspector if you are getting a condo, or
a home inspector for a stand-alone home. The needs are very
How long will the inspection take?
How much will it cost?