Buying your first home is an excited and, at times, stressful process. One of the major things that needs to happen before the deal closes is a home inspection. If you have never gone through this process before, it can be hard to know how to find a reputable home inspector.
Andrew Cunningham-Moorat is a home inspector with careful attention to detail. An expert in examining key areas of buildings, his home inspections are available for both residential and non-commercial properties. As an expert in his field, he shares his tips for finding a quality home inspector:
- Be aware of real estate agent recommendations. It is best to find your own home inspector instead of going with one the agent refers you to, as this poses a conflict of interest. An inspection that raises a lot of issues can be used to negotiate the price of the home down.
- A great way to find an inspector is to ask your friends who have recently bought their own home.
- Check online for local home inspector reviews. See if they have good reviews on Google, Facebook, or other sites to make sure they provide a quality service.
- Make sure the inspector is certified or licensed.
- Ask potential inspectors for sample reports to see how thorough their inspections are.