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Home Inspections: What to Look For

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in:
  • Buy
  • Homeowners

By JD Thueringer and Leann McNabb, Guild Mortgage Company

When you buy a home, you need to know exactly what you're buying.

Imagine how frustrated you'd be to find out that the water heater wasn't working—in the middle of a shower! This is one of the reasons why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. But before you hire a home inspector, first ask candidates a few questions to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy inspector. What kinds of questions? Here are a few examples:

What does your inspection cover?

Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom, mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.

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Are you licensed or certified?

If you live in a state that licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license. At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to American Society of Home Inspectors. This shows a level of professionalism and education that you can trust.

What kind of report will you give me?

You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a written report within a week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn't make sense to you.

Will I be able to attend the inspection?

If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you or the seller will have to make.

Now you're ready to take on your new home search with the confidence of knowing you'll be getting exactly what you're paying for. For more tips and tricks on everything home, keep coming back to our Homeowners blog.

 


Brought to you by JD Thueringer and Leann McNabb of Guild Mortgage Company. Guild Mortgage is a leading independent mortgage lender in the United States, specializing in residential home loans.

 

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