Four Key Questions to Ask the Home Inspector Before Hiring Them!
When you buy a home in the Hunterdon County area, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater doesn’t work—in the middle of taking a shower! This is why you should have a COMPLETE home inspection before purchasing a home. A home inspection is by far one of the most important steps of buying a house. Before you hire a home inspector, ask the candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a qualified and trustworthy inspector.
What does the inspection include?
Not all inspections are the same. Ask for a sample home inspection report so you can see exactly what they will be checking inside and outside the house. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky kitchen faucet, or water in the basement mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.
Are they licensed or certified?
The state of New Jersey licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license and any other credentials. 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 they give you?
You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a week of the inspection, some of them do them on a laptop which can speed up the process to 48 hours or less. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you. We also recommend that the inspector take digital photos to highlight the items that need to be addressed.
Will you 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. Its also a very educational experience where you can learn a few maintenance tips.
To find out more about getting the best inspection for your Hunterdon County home purchase, we’d be happy to share our recommendations. Contact Us for more information.