Congratulations, you are embarking on one of the most exciting experiences in life! Unfortunately, first-time home buying can also be incredibly stressful. One of the most significant aspects of your new home purchase will be working with your home inspector. A home inspection can make or break a home investment and we have put together our favorite tips when it comes to this particular process.
Tip #1 – Hire A Professional Home Inspector
Finding a qualified home inspector can be like finding a needle in a haystack, which can leave you overwhelmed with options. You can start by getting recommendations from your realtor, family, and friends as a good starting point. Here are a few factors to also consider in finding the right home inspector for you.
- Check that the inspector is licensed and/or certified. To become a licensed home inspector in Florida, the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation requires inspectors to complete state-approved training and pass a state exam.
- Check to see if your inspector has insurance.
- Check to see if your inspector is a part of a trade association.
Tip #2 – Consider “Extras” You May Need
While interviewing a home inspector, you may also want to consider which other “extra” inspection services you’re interested in. There are some services that are not included with a standard home inspection, such as:
- Mold testing
- Radon testing
- Sewer scope inspections
- Asbestos testing
- Lead testing
These will cost you an additional fee, but may be worth the investment if you’re buying an older home, and would like to make sure that you check for any potential issues pre-purchase.
For Florida Homeowners, you may need additional inspections for insurance purposes. This may include a 4-Point Inspection and a Wind Mitigation Inspection.
Tip #3 – Attend Your Inspection
It might be tempting to not attend your home inspection, considering that you will be getting a written report when the inspection is wrapped up. Attending a home inspection will allow the inspector to walk you through some of the factors that may play a role in the future ownership of the home. This is a great opportunity for you to ask a lot of questions about the home itself and the longevity of some of the components within it.
When you choose not to attend your home inspection, you miss the chance to learn about important factors that might not come through on a home inspection report. That can be anything from a piece of mechanical equipment that you are unfamiliar with or features of a system that you may not know about.
Tip #4 – Relax and Work Through the Findings
All too often, a new home buyer will receive their home inspection filled with all kinds of issues or problems. It would be easy to assume that this would be detrimental to your home purchase, but take a step back and look at it with your realtor. Some of the findings may actually be very small fixes that the homeowner will be willing to take on. The job of your home inspector is to ensure you know everything about your new home, the good and the bad.