So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.
This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.
How to Choose an Inspector
Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. Realtor.com suggests that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
- Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection & if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
資格 – 知道檢驗包含哪些項目，根據屋齡或地點，檢驗員可能需要特定的認證或專長。
- Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
報告樣本 – 要求提供檢驗報告樣本，以便你可以檢閱他們將如何檢驗你的新屋，報告越詳細越好。
- References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients that you can call to ask about their experience.
推薦 – 多做些功課 – 要求檢驗員提供過去客戶的電話號碼和名字，你可以打電話詢問他們的經驗。
- Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that there is continued training and education provided.
會員 – 不是所有的檢驗員都參與全國或各州的房屋檢驗員協會，因此這西組織的成員資格不應該是評估檢驗員的唯一方法，然而如果檢驗員為這些組織的成員，表示他們會繼續培訓和學習。
- Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.
錯誤和遺漏保險 – 查看檢驗員或檢驗公司一旦檢查結束後的責任，檢驗員也是人，他們可能也會出錯或錯過一些應該檢驗的地方。
Ask your inspector if it’s ok for you to tag along during the inspection, that way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.
Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof, crawling around in the attic, and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace & chimney, the foundation and so much more!
They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money in a home of your own. Work with a professional you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.