One of the most important parts of our job as home inspectors is to educate. As such, we’ve put together the following advice to help you along during the home inspection process. Here are four home inspection tips for first time buyers that we suggest you try…
Tip #1: Choose your inspector wisely.
As a first-time home buyer, it’s wise to do a bit of research before committing to a particular home inspection company. Do a bit of online research to find out which local home inspection businesses provide the best service and experience. Tap your real estate agent for their recommended home inspectors.
Once you have your top three inspection companies, interview them all in-person or over the phone. Find out how much their inspection fee as well as everything it covers. Ask if they offer any inspection warranties. This is also a great time to learn more about their credentials and how long they’ve been performing home inspections.
Tip #2: Start with one inspection.
One of the most vital home inspection tips for first time buyers is to avoid paying for more inspections than you need. The easiest way to achieve this is by hiring a home inspector first and letting him tell you which additional inspections may be necessary. These may include Chinese drywall, mold or wood-destroying organism inspections.
Tip #3: Attend the home inspection.
When booking your home inspection, find out how long it will take. Most inspections last anywhere from two to four hours, presenting the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about your new home. Every house is unique, and has its own quirks. The best person to teach you about it is your home inspector.
We believe there is no such thing as a “stupid” question. Please, use your home inspection as an opportunity to ask any and all questions you have about your home as well as its systems.
Tip #4: Request a written report.
After your home inspection has been completed, you should receive a comprehensive written report. At Radiant Property Inspection, we guarantee your report within 24 hours. It always contains details about the condition of major property systems, their life expectancy, any potential future problems that can be foreseen and also, any immediate issues that must be dealt with.
With the above home inspection tips for first time buyers and an experienced home inspector on your side, you’ll feel much more confident when purchasing a home. When you’re ready to set an inspection appointment, give us a call at (813) 839-8416.