Home inspections aren't only essential in buying and selling homes, they keep your family, property, and investment safe. Ensure you’re following proper procedures when it’s time for an inspection. Part of knowing what to do is knowing what not to do. To that end, below are three common home inspection mistakes to avoid.
Home Inspection Mistakes to Avoid
1. Not Attending the Inspection
As a homeowner, you probably want to be informed about the condition of your property. Relying on the written report of the home inspector is a start but doesn't provide the firsthand information you’d get from attending the inspection. The process may take up to several hours because the inspector is legally obligated to note all issues, regardless of size. Being present for the inspection allows you to ask the inspector questions as they work.
2. Failing to Prepare the House
Prepare the home for the inspector's visit. Not doing so risks making an already intensive process longer. Assure an inspector can access basements and crawlspaces, clear the area around the home of overgrowth and trash cans, keep the house clean, and replace lightbulbs that have gone out.
3. Hiring the Cheapest Home Inspector
Since home inspections are a required part of a real estate transaction, there are countless low-cost inspection services. An inspection, however, is performed for the protection of all parties involved in the sale and cutting corners here would be a detriment. After finding out an inspector's rates, ask them how many years they’ve been in business and their training and certifications. These considerations should be just as important as cost, if not more so.
New Home Inspectors have been serving property owners throughout Long Island, NY, for over 30 years. They offer comprehensive home inspections and property condition assessments. They’re certified and insured and provide fast turnaround times and efficient communication. Call (631) 368-1800 or visit them online to schedule an inspection today.