Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, choosing a trusted home inspector is quintessential in the home buying or selling process.  Choosing to purchase a home inspection prior to putting your home on the market can be a good move because you shouldn’t have any surprises when it comes time to get under contract.  Of course if you are purchasing a home, getting a home inspection is important so that you know what you’re getting yourself into and can negotiate with the sellers for anything that should be addressed prior to closing and will reveal potential issues with the home you likely never would have noticed.  A typical home inspection includes these areas of the home:

  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Interior and exterior
  • Garages
  • Baths
  • Kitchen, which includes cabinets, counters, sinks, faucets, garbage disposals and other built-in appliances
  • Insects
  • Exterior walls
  • Parapets, trim
  • Chimney
  • Foundation
  • Slabs
  • Basement and crawl space
  • Examination of the attic and roof to assess the insulation, ventilation, framing, roof surface, flashing, penetrations, drainage, overhangs, gutters and downspouts

As you can imagine, this is an area where you don’t want to play around.  Ask friends as well as you realtor for referrals.  Do your research.  Interview potential home inspectors. When it comes to potentially the largest financial investment you will ever make, you want to be sure you select someone thorough, professional, and that you feel comfortable with.  I have two home inspection services that I typically refer clients to and these guys are top notch.  If you are in the market for a home inspection check out these two resources:

Amerispec
HERO

Another good resource: Finding the Right Home Inspector.

Happy home inspecting!