In your excitement to buy a home, it’s easy to miss a small crack in the foundation, some leaky pipes under the house, or a roof that needs to be replaced.
The sellers worked hard to make the home look as desirable as possible, but looks don’t tell the whole story. That’s where your home inspection comes in.
Your home purchase is one of the biggest investments of your life, and it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying. The best way to ensure this is through a professional home inspection.
Here are some tips to consider when making your decision. For your convenience, I have provided you with a list of suggested Inspectors.
- Ask the inspector for a sample of past inspection reports — most professional inspectors provide a detailed report offering a comprehensive explanation of the home’s condition as well as recommendations and upgrade suggestions.
- A professional inspector will usually want the real estate professional and the buyer to be present during the inspection to familiarize all with the home’s systems and point out specific conditions outlined in the report.
- Do not let price be a determining factor in selecting a home inspector — remember, you usually pay for what you get.
- Be wary of home inspectors who offer to repair items outlined in their report — this is an obvious conflict of interest and a violation of California’s Business & Professions Code.
- It is best to select home inspectors who will stand behind their work and are covered by proper liability and professional insurance. Errors and Omissions (“E&O”) insurance protects the home inspector and the real estate professional against disputes arising from any oversights made by the inspector. Another important factor is membership in a professional trade organization such as CREIA. A CREIA certified inspector is required to have proven technical knowledge of systems in residential properties. CREIA Inspectors must adhere to the Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed by the association. CREIA requires its members to successfully pass a written test of property systems and complete 30 hours of continuing education each year. For more info on CREIA please go to: http://www.creia.org/