The TOP Piece of Advice
We heard this tip over and over, along
with many horror stories from new homeowners who didn’t
Get a licensed home inspection!
- Don't let your real estate agent choose the
inspector. Hire someone who works for you without
any conflict of interest.Inspect the inspector before you hire. Ask to see
a sample home inspection report. Comprehensive
reports run 20 to 50 pages and include color
photos showing defects or concerns. Also ask
about the length of the inspection. A thorough
inspection takes a minimum of three to four hours.
- Walk through with the inspector. You'll learn a
lot about your house.
- You may have to pay more for a certified inspector,
but in the long run it’s worth it. Certified
inspectors use sophisticated measuring and
detection equipment that can find potential
defects that can't be easily seen. Spend $1,000
now rather than $10,000 in surprise repairs later.
(For a list of inspectors certified by the American
Society of Home Inspectors, visit ashi.org.)