Trust is the operative word when it comes to home inspections. After all, your safety is on the line…not to mention, your pocket book. Purchase the wrong property because of misinformation during the home inspection, and you could be out thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
Pick the wrong home inspector, and this could be you.
Home inspections are critical to the home-buying purchase because they offer unbiased information about the state of the property. Not only is a home inspector’s expertise invaluable for uncovering problem areas, it also helps you cut through the emotional fog that can easily cloud judgments when it comes to something like a new house.
What to look for in a home inspector
Credentials – An inspector’s experience, reputation, and credentials go a long ways in instilling trust in their work. Check for top-level certifications, like someone who is a Certified Master Inspector [https://www.gijoehomeinspections.com/post/what-is-a-certified-master-inspector], to ensure they’ve had numerous years of experience and education in their field.
Ask around for referrals – When looking for a home inspector, it can be helpful to start by asking for recommendations from people you know. You Realtor may also have suggestions, though it can still be smart to do your own research.
Review reviews – Homeowners are generally quick to report their experiences with home inspectors to sources like the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Angie’s List, and the like, especially if those experiences are negative. Spend some time researching to see if any red flags pop up.
Set your expectations – In order to trust your home inspector, you want to feel comfortable with not only their experience, but also with their level of professionalism and integrity. You can get a good sense for some of this by communicating with them up front – ask questions, understand timing, and be clear about your overall expectations related to cost and what that covers.
Home inspections aren’t something to be taken lightly. For an inspector you can trust, get in touch with us at GI Joe Home Inspections. Owner Joe Manners is a Certified Master Inspector who has served the Upper Keys, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Naples/Fort Myers areas since 2012. Get in touch to learn more.