Here are some of the questions you should ask the inspector before you hire him.
1. Are you licensed? If the home inspector isn’t licensed, don’t bother asking more questions. This is an immediate sign not to employ this contractor. Please make sure they are licensed. Also ask if they are a member of a professional home inspector association and how long. Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials.
2. How long have you been in business? All inspectors should provide a work history. Newer inspectors can be very knowledgeable and may even bring another inspector to the walk through.
3. What areas have you worked in the most? Make sure the inspector is familiar with the residential homes in your area.
4. Do you specialize in any particular type of house? This refers to residential or commercial real estate. Since you’re purchasing a new home, make sure the inspector is familiar and has experience with residential home.
5. Is a termite inspection included? Do you do it yourself or do you bring in a termite inspector? The home inspector should be able to tell you if your home has termite damage or not. He can then refer you to a professional termite exterminator. The home inspector does not handle the termite inspection.
6. Do you do a radon test and can you explain to me what that is? Yes, a home inspector will run a radon test and provide you with results when the test is complete. This usually last up to 1 to 2 days.
7. Do I need to be present during the inspection? Do not miss the opportunity to be present at this home inspection. This is valuable information you need when purchasing your home.
8. How much do you charge? Most home inspectors do charge a fee for services. The fee is based primarily on the location of the home as well as the size. A basic fee should range from $200 to $500
9. Do you take pictures during the inspection? It is very important to make sure you have camera handy during your walk through. Take as much pictures as you want. These pictures may come in handy when you resell them home in the future.
10. What is your turnaround time for the report to get to us? Usually a turn around for a report of the inspection is 1 to 2 days.
Written by Vanessa Pullock, Real Estate Agent in Essex County.