It is often a concern with buyer’s that the Home Inspector referred by their Realtor is going to “rubberstamp” the home they are inspecting. As an Inspector for many years I have run into this concern, since many inspections have been referred to me by Realtors.
Look on the Internet. If you live in Leamington, Ontario, do a search for something like “home inspector Leamington Ontario”. I suggest you include the province or else you end up with inspectors from the USA or UK. Look at all you find and call a few. The quality of the website more than likely speaks to the quality of the chattanooga home inspector.
First you need to find a good house inspector. The report of that person on the house can have a big impact on your purchase. To help find the perfect inspector to hire ask for recommendations from friends and family. You can ask if they have hired someone before and that they can recommend to help you with what you need. They can give you an honest answer. Not only that, but you may also get the names or the agencies to avoid.
Consider the professional home inspection to be your safety net. You’ll be able to discover if there is anything wrong with the home, and you can then get the builder or seller to take care of many potential concerns.
When you sign an Agreement To Purchase, one of the conditions usually includes having a home inspection performed to your satisfaction to ensure there is nothing wrong with the home that may have gone unnoticed during your initial visit. Your real estate agent will want you to do a home inspection for your own protection, but mostly because it reduces their liability and satisfies their requirement for full disclosure. If you think about it for a minute, at this point, the real estate agent does not want to lose the sale and will not recommend any inspector that could jeopardize his or her commission.
In almost every state you must have some form of continuing education to renew your license. Ask what kind of continuing education courses they have taken. Look into your states requirements and see if the inspector is only doing what has to be done or if he is going above and beyond the minimum requirements to make sure that they are well trained and knowledgeable about the current home inspection industry.
Any wiring that is visible in any area that is habitable, including garages and basements, is supposed to be installed inside a wall or within a conduit or raceway that IS designed to withstand an impact.
Home buying is complex and involves large amounts of money. It is wise to carefully select the needed advisors to guide you during this emotional and stressful process. Don’t be lazy in your search. Don’t be intimidated by the “experts” such as realtors. Don’t rely solely on their recommendation for attorney and inspector. Their interests may not be the same as yours. Be informed and understand who you are dealing with while making these life changing decisions.