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Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

Most home buyers assume that they know all information related to the real estate industry after studying neighborhoods, mortgages, house hunting, and visiting potential homes. However, starting the home inspection process just proves how little you actually know about homes. 

Home inspections are detailed and are a necessary step when buying a home. The reports are overwhelming. Your home inspection will cover majority of the structural component and working systems of the home before you purchase. Here are some questions to ask your home inspector to help you make a smart buying decision. 

What Does Your Inspection Cover?

The home inspector should be in a position to make sure that their reports meet all the requirements in Alberta. They should also guarantee you that their inspection report complies with standards of practice and code of ethics, as applicable. You should request to see copies of such reports in advance and seek any clarifications that you might have. 

Are You a Member of a Professional Association? 

There are many national and provincial associations for home inspectors. Some inspectors have used illegitimate credentials to unqualified individuals in the past. Such home inspectors may not have the knowledge and expertise needed to handle your home inspection needs. Make sure that your inspector comes from a reputable association and be sure to always ask for identification. 

What is Your Experience?

Find out the number of years the home inspector has worked in the field and the number of completed inspections. Ask for project portfolios and customer referrals.

Is Your Focus on Residential Inspection?

Inspecting construction sites and commercial buildings is very different from home inspections. Ask to find out whether the inspector is experienced handling homes that have features like yours. 

Seek to view the inspection reports that the inspector has completed for similar properties. If the home inspector recommends more evaluation from an outside contractor, it means that they do not trust their work, or their knowledge level.

How Do You Update Your Profession?

One can never have monopoly over knowledge and know everything. A good measure of service and professionalism of home inspectors is their commitment and dedication to continuing education and training. Specialized knowledge and skills are particularly important in those homes with unique features or the older ones. 

How Long Will the Inspection Take? 

A typical home inspection, conducted by a single home inspector should take around three hours for a single-family home. If the home inspector takes significantly lesser time than that, then the house has not been covered extensively. Large properties may require additional home inspectors and time. 

How Much Will It Cost? 

Home inspection costs are not fixed. On the contrary, it varies depending on age and size of the house and the location. The average fees that are charged by most home inspectors range from $300 to $500. The fees charged do not always reflect the value of services offered. 

A home inspection helps you to know the condition of the house before purchasing. It helps to identify any issues that might need repair or renovation. However, it is good to ensure that you are working with a home inspection that is experienced, legitimate, and qualified. 

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