How to Choose a Home Inspector
The home inspection is an important part of the home-buying process. Its results can have a significant impact on your satisfaction with the home and the final purchase price. The home inspector is responsible for spotting issues with the home and relaying that information back to you. However, they are not responsible for repairs, which is a common misconception. Still, just having their recommendations for repairs on hand at closing can come in handy when negotiating price. Yet, how do you go about choosing the right home inspector? Here are three things to consider, and when you’re ready, call the team at Residential Inspector of America.
1. Look at Credentials
Whether you’re considering an inspection company or a single inspector who works on their own, it’s important to ask about their insurance and credentials. Insured inspectors are the best option, as their line of work often takes them into crawl spaces and attics, where injuries can occur. An uninsured inspector is likely to hold you or the homeowner responsible for injuries while inspecting the home. Additionally, when you hire an inspector accredited through the American Society of Home Inspectors or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, you can rest assured you’re getting the best. These professionals have spent years working on their craft and have passed extensive testing that follows a strict code of ethics.
2. Get References
When you’re in the process of completing your life’s biggest purchase, you must get all the references you can from everyone involved in the process, including the inspector. That’s why you should always ask for references from other clients. This not only builds trust and reliability, it can also make you feel more comfortable about your choice. Many people choose to read Google reviews, and the more five star reviews an inspector has, the more confident you will feel about hiring him.
3. Ask Your Realtor
Your real estate agent likely has some contacts in this field. If you’re still not sure where to start with your research, ask him for some suggestions. If you trust your agent, then you know you can trust his recommendations. Great real estate agents will actually have a couple in mind that they can recommend for the type of home you’re purchasing. With a list of professionals in hand from a trusted source, you can further research each inspector and decide for yourself.
Trusted Team of Professionals
Residential Inspector of America has been serving the Atlanta, GA, area since 1989. We proudly provide our clients with knowledge and confidence, so that they can make the right buying decision. Our inspection detail is unmatched, and we have over 2,000 Google reviews and recommendations. We even offer pool and hot tub inspections, as well as mold and radon inspections. Visit our website to schedule an appointment or call today at (770) 476-4963.