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Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

January 21, 2016

When you buy a Niceville home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. A home inspection is an important part of buying your home. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector.

  1. What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the Niceville home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom, mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.
  2. Are you licensed or certified? If you live in a state that licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license. At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to American Society of Home Inspectors. This shows a level of professionalism and education that you can trust.
  3. What kind of report will you give me? You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you.
  4. Will I be able to attend the inspection? If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you or the seller will have to make.

As your real estate agent, I will guide you through the home buying process. Let me help you find your new Niceville home. Call me today at [850] 496-2051 or email me at Dawn@BackStageRealty.com. WEBSITE: http://www.BackStageRealty.com KEYWORD: Niceville home LINKS:

  1. Home inspection – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_inspection
  2. American Society of Home Inspectors. – http://www.ashi.org/
  3. Easy household repairs. – http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/5-home-repairs-you-should-do-yourself.htm
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One Comment
  1. I received this email from Scott Stutler of 1st Defense Home Inspections. It makes a great point of clarification on certifications.

    “Dawn,
    Nice article you did there on the home inspectors. There are actually 3 main groups for inspectors. NAHI, NACHI, and ASHI. Depending on what state your in depends on which group you should go with. NACHI is recognized by florida more that the others due to the amount of education and classes that NACHI offers its inspectors. Up north it seams ASHI is liked more. Not sure why and then there is NAHI which is all over the place. How do you like word press. I started doing that about 2 years ago but never really got the hang of it when trying to get it into my website.

    Scott Stutler
    1st Defense Home Inspections
    850-826-0717”

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