After you have successfully negotiated for your Windsor real estate, it’s time to call the home inspector. Like many professions, you will find those inspectors that are qualified, and others not so much. The problem is that a bad home inspection can jeopardize your home purchase. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself:
1. Lengths of reports vary, but if it is only a few pages long, that’s a good reason to walk away. You require a thorough and detailed report that can help you make an educated decision on whether you want to follow through purchasing the house if there are expensive and numerous problems.
2. Ask how long the inspection will take. To do an adequate job, most inspectors should take several hours when looking over your Windsor real estate. You want to make sure the inspector does what he is supposed to do: inspect every room, including attic and basement, the outside of the home, garage and foundations. Of course, lists vary, but nothing should be omitted.
3. Make sure you attend the home inspection. If you are unable, at the very least your real estate agent should attend. But if you live out of town and attending the inspection is impossible, make sure that you are able to talk to your inspector as soon as possible. Have a list of questions that you want to ask him as well. If your agent can be part of that conversation as well, the better.
4. Ask for credentials. By all means, check to see if an inspector is qualified to investigate your Windsor real estate. Don’t hire a friend who does this job on the side while he is waiting to get licensed. Make sure you get recommendations from trusted friends and your real estate agent. Make sure they are insured as well.
5. Read the report thoroughly. Take time and review each of the inspector’s recommendations. If you have any questions or concerns, ask. Now is not the time to be shy.