How to Choose a Home Inspector
A home inspection is a critical part of the home buying process as it can save you money on costly repairs. Unfortunately, not all home inspectors are created equal, so be sure to do your homework in choosing the right one!
Below are a few tips to help you choose a home inspector that you can trust to provide you with the information you need:
1. Check their Credentials Be sure that they are properly licensed and insured in the state of Maryland.
2. Request a Sample Home Inspection Report The quality of the home inspection report will allude to the quality of the inspection. Expect to see high quality photography, and easy to navigate verbiage. Buyers can typically request a sample of a home inspection report.
3. Try to Attend the Home Inspection Attending the home inspection is not required, however, it is highly recommended. The home inspector can go over all of the findings at the end of the inspection and provide valuable information about the home and its components. Talking about and seeing issues first-hand can help to eliminate any confusion or concern. It is also a good time to familiarize yourself with the layout of the home and take any necessary measurements to plan for new appliances or room layouts. Sometimes it’s not possible for you to attend the inspection. If that is the case, make sure to choose an inspector with detailed reports and information about the home. It is also important to choose an inspector that is willing to answer any questions you may have after receiving the home inspection report.
4. Find Out What is Included in the Home Inspection Typical home inspections last 2-3 hours, depending on the size and age of the home. (It may be slightly more or slightly less time.) During this time, most inspections include:
Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
Exterior (Doors, Windows, Siding, Soffit & Fascia)
Patios, Balconies & Decks
Driveways & Walkways
Interior (Doors, Floors, Walls, Ceilings & Stairs)
Fireplace & Chimney
Vegetation & Surface Drainage
Additional services, such as radon and termite may be available through the inspection company and will also add to the overall inspection time.
5. Price of the Home Inspection Be sure that you are comparing all components of the home inspection prices - apples to apples. Some inspectors have hidden or additional fees for services. While price is important, it is most important to hire someone with a strong reputation and that you can trust with your future investment.