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What To Expect Customers To Ask Before And During Inspections

1. Do You Walk the Roof?

If you are buying an older home, you may want to find an inspector who walks the roof. These home inspectors may charge a bit more, but it could by highly valuable.

When home inspectors get on the roof, we can see things that otherwise wouldn’t be visible. We can walk on the shingles and ‘feel’ low spots, soft spots, damaged shingles, damaged roofing, and thoroughly inspect any chimneys.

Home inspectors that use binoculars or just eyeball the roof from the distance is nice — but it is inferior to getting on the roof.

 

Noticing area of water pooling and vent deterioration while walking a rubber EPDM flat roof.

 

2. What Is Your Background?

It is always an advantage if the home inspector has a background in the trades. If you can find a home inspector who used to be a builder or a contractor, that can be a big plus.

You can also ask the home inspector who long he has been doing it for. Obviously, you would prefer a home inspector with over ten years of experience compared to a newbie who is just getting started. It can also be a good idea to ask for 1-2 references from happy clients.

3. How Much Do You Charge?

This question is a no-brainer, but most home inspectors expect to receive a check, get cash, or pay by card immediately after the home inspection, so it is important to ask.

The average cost for a home inspection will depend on the size of the home and other factors — but most home inspections are in the $250 to $750 range.

It is also a good idea to ask the inspector what type of payment he requires or prefers…some inspectors may only accept checks. And if you are having any extra services performed such as a radon test, make sure to ask him prior to booking the inspection.

4. Do You Do Sewer Line Inspections?

If you are buying an old home, and you have any suspicions about the plumbing, you may want to get a sewer camera inspection. This is when the inspector removes a drain cover of the sewer line and puts a camera snake into the pipe to try to gauge the condition of the pipe out to the street.

If you must replace your sewer line, it can cost upwards of $20,000 or more.

But not all home inspectors do these types of inspections. It is a good idea to ask the inspector, and how much they charge.

5. Do You Provide Digital Reports with Pictures?

Pretty much all home inspectors provide digital reports nowadays, but you may still come across a home inspector who doesn’t. Personally, I would never hire a home inspector if I didn’t receive a digital report with a lot of pictures.

I want a picture record of everything.

Ask the home inspector how many pictures are usually included in the report?

With my inspection reports, I would commonly have 100+ pictures in each report.

6. Can I Get A Copy Of Your License And Insurance?

Not all U.S. states have home inspector licensing, but my home state of Virginia does. So, when my clients call to book an inspection, the first thing I do is send over a copy of my license, insurance, and a ‘pre-inspection agreement’.

The pre-inspection agreement details what will be inspected along with the price and date of the inspection.

Your state may not have licensing, but your home inspector should at least have a certification from a home inspector training organization or be a member of an association.

7. Can I Join You During the Home Inspection?

It is always recommended that homeowners join the home inspector during the inspection.

When my clients join the inspection, they will always gain a superior understanding of the home compared to clients who just skim the report. My clients can visually see the condition of the home, and they can get insights on home maintenance and other issues I come across.

Unless the home inspector has a good reason for saying you can’t join the home inspection—which should raise a red flag—you should try to find an inspector who welcomes you to join them.

8. Do You Do Radon Testing?

Depending on your region of the country, you may want to do radon testing.

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that seeps from the earth.

It is naturally present in the air, but some homes can build up harmful levels of radon. Radon gas is associated with lung cancer and other ills when exposed to high levels for many years.

Radon testing is performed by leaving a tester in the home for 2-4 days on the lowest level of the home — usually the basement. Some home inspectors must send the sample to the lab which can take a few more days.

If you want a fast radon test result, find an inspector who has his own testing machine, so it won’t need to be sent to a lab.

9. Do You Do Lead Testing?

If you are buying a home that was built before 1978, it may contain lead paint. Lead paint is mostly an issue for children, and it can cause neurological problems if ingested or inhaled.

If the house has peeling paint, and it is an old home, it is recommended that you get it tested for lead paint. In addition, the soil itself may be contaminated with lead paint (children sometimes eat dirt).

Some home inspectors do lead paint testing, and others don’t — so you will have to ask.

10. Do You Remove Electrical Panel Covers?

Most home inspectors worth their salt will remove the electrical panel cover.

There is some risk associated with removing the cover because the wires are exposed. It could cause sparking, which could damage the eyes, or the inspector may even get shocked. There are protective gloves the home inspectors can wear, and other ways to protect ourselves.

But for me, I always take off the electrical panel cover to get a closer look at the electrical system. I get to see if there is any rusting at the connections, any loose wires, and any undersized or oversized breakers.

You may want to ask the home inspector if he takes off the panel cover.

11. Do You Do Mold Testing?

When I inspected homes, I also offered mold testing through swab tests and air tests.

Sometimes sellers dispute whether something is actually mold, so the only way to verify it is to send it to a lab for analysis.

And if there are suspected mold spores in the air (maybe because of a dirty HVAC system) air tests can be performed. These air tests pull air in through a device at a fixed rate, and then the sample is sent to a lab. The lab will tell you if any of the mold spores are at elevated levels and the species of the mold.

If mold testing may be an issue for you, you should ask the inspector if he does mold testing and how much he charges.

12. Do You Do Re-inspections?

If you have an idea that you may want the home inspector to come back to the home after the repairs have been done by the seller — you need to ask them if they do re-inspections.

A re-inspection is where the home inspector verifies that the seller actually fixed the problems that were stated in the home inspection.

It usually only takes an hour or so, but not all home inspectors do re-inspections because there are liability concerns.

13. Can You Give Me References And A Sample Report?

Before you book the home inspection, you may want to ask the home inspector for a reference or two from a happy client as well as a sample report.

The sample report will give you an idea of what to expect from their home inspection, as well as how detailed the report is (and the number of pictures).

To be honest, it was rare when a client actually asked me for references, but it does happen once in a while — and I’m always happy to provide it.

14. Do you take off HVAC covers?

This is a similar to the ‘walking the roof’ question. I want to verify that my home inspector will take off the furnace or heat pump cover and take a look inside.

Many times, I will find mold, rust issues, water problems, and all sorts of problems when I take off the HVAC cover.

Sometimes taking off the furnace cover is a big hassle due to the location (or some weird screws that are hard to remove) but other times it is easy to remove. But it is worth the effort, and it may be a good idea to ask them if they do it.

Final Thoughts

Don’t be afraid to ask your home inspector questions during the inspection.

Home inspectors are also educators on how homes work and home maintenance.

We know that it is important to understand at least the basics of operating a home such as…

« Getting water away from the home

« Using the main water shutoff

« Operating GFCI circuits

« Maintaining the HVAC system

It is a good idea to write out some questions you have before you book a home inspector, as well as a few good questions during the home inspection.

What To Ask During the Home Inspection?

 

Questions your customers are being told to ask.

The home inspection is probably the most important part of the home buying process. As such many buyers will Google what they should ask you. Either so they don’t seem clueless, or they really want some of this information. Most quality inspectors through the course of an inspection answer most everything. We put together a sample from some webpages of what they are telling customers to ask so you can be prepared when you face these questions and aren’t caught off guard. It will help you to have thorough answers prepared for these. Every inspector has their own style of explanation, so plan yours.

Here is what the experts tell your customers to expect:

A good home inspector should cover all the bases, and even educate you during the home inspection. But some home inspectors tend to be more quiet, and you will have to ask them for home maintenance advice and other info on the home (outside of the report).

Don’t be afraid to ask them how to maintain the water heater, how to improve the grading, or even how to fix that item. Home inspectors are a storehouse of knowledge — so don’t be afraid to ask.

Questions like…

  • ♦ How much insulation is in the attic?
  • ♦ Where is the main water shutoff?
  • ♦ Where are the master GFCI outlets?
  • ♦ And what is the electrical panel brand?

What To Ask During the Home Inspection?

These questions should be on home maintenance, ages of various systems, overall quality of the home, main water shutoff location, master GFCI outlets locations, and how to operate the home.

Keep reading for more details on a variety of important questions…

1. What Is the Condition Of The Roof?

Probably one of the most important questions you can ask during a home inspection is the condition and age of the roof. The most obvious roof defects are missing shingles, curling shingles, and missing flashing.

Sometimes there are roof issues that I only find when actually on the roof such as a spongy area that is indicative of a past water leak. Always ask your home inspector about the estimated age of the roof, but you may need to ask the seller directly (and hopefully get a receipt/warranty). The life expectancy for a standard 3-tab shingle roof is 15-years, and the life expectancy for architectural shingle roofing is around 25-years.

 

A roof with missing and damaged shingles.

 

2. How Much Attic Insulation Is There?

Inspecting the attic is usually the last thing a home inspector does, or at least during my home inspections — so it is important to make sure that it was inspected.

I would frequently find attics with missing or grossly inadequate insulation. And sometimes I would find urine stained insulation due to mice infestations.

Sometimes I find fiberglass insulation that is so old and compressed — it will hardly give any insulating value. It is important that the loose fiberglass or cellulose insulation is several inches higher than the top of the attic ceiling joists. If the attic has degraded, damaged, or missing insulation, it can be a costly project to fix.

3. What Does the HVAC System Look Like?

The HVAC system is such a critical component during a home inspection, and you should be clear on the condition and age.

If the HVAC system is 15-20 years old or older, there is a good chance it will need to be replaced within a few years. Most good home inspectors will verify the age of the system, take off the HVAC cover, and look at it closely. I sometimes find mold in the HVAC system, and I also frequently find heavily rusted evaporator coils.

If the HVAC system is older, it may still be using outdated R-22 refrigerant (now banned), it will likely need to be replaced within the next few years or possibly this year. R-22 is no longer in production, and it can be extremely expensive to ‘top off’ an HVAC system using this refrigerant.

 

Interior of a furnace with mold growth

4. Any Tips on Home Maintenance?

If you are walking around with the home inspector—which is highly recommended—you can ask them for tips on how to maintain the home.

For example, if you are inspecting the water heater, ask the home inspector how to maintain it. Most homeowners don’t know that you need to periodically drain the water heater to remove built-up sediment. There is also a ‘sacrificial anode rod’ that helps the interior of the water heater from rusting which needs to be periodically changed.

Home inspectors are a storehouse of knowledge in regards to home maintenance, and don’t pass it up.

5. Are the Windows Good?

The windows can be a big thing during home inspections, and I have had clients walk from homes with terrible and old windows.

Probably the biggest issue is the old single paned windows. These windows have any one ‘layer’ of glass and have barely an R-value whatsoever. Sometimes homeowners try to increase the insulation of these windows by installing storm windows — which helps a little.

Modern energy efficient windows have two panes of glass, and on the inside is an inert gas that makes them much more insulating.

Considering the cost of completely replacing all of the windows, $10,000 or more, it can be a big issue. And sometimes all of the windows don’t open properly, or fall down when opened, or have fogged glass (moisture trapped in between the glass) — it is a good idea to be clear on the condition of the windows.

 

 

6. Do You Notice Any Structural Problems?

Structural issues is a big one, and I have had to recommend further evaluation by structural engineers on many occasions.

Common structural issues can be related to oddly sloping floors, foundation cracks, foundation bowing or bulging, or even improperly cut joists.

If the home inspector even has a whiff that something may have an underlying structural issue, they should recommend evaluation by a structural engineer.

7. How Is the Grading And Drainage?

Home inspectors should be trained to diagnose grading and drainage problems. All houses should have grading (the ground around the home) that slopes away from the home. With the soil sloping away, it channels water away from the foundation.

It is also important that the downspouts are working properly and not disposing of water next to the home. I always recommend downspout extensions to get water several feet away from the foundation.

Just ask the home inspector if he thinks that water is properly draining away from the house and if has any ideas on improving drainage. If you want further input, you can get a consult by a landscaping contractor.

8. Does the Home Appear to Be A Flip?

This is a bit of a cheeky question, but it can reveal a lot about the house. Home inspectors tend to be wary of ‘flipped houses’ and we can usually tell when a renovation has been done sub-par.

If you have a sense that the home you are buying may be a ‘fix and flip’ it is a good idea to ask the home inspector and if he has any advice — especially considering it could be the largest investment you ever make.

When I get asked this question, I usually share my thoughts on the quality of the renovation. I also tend to tell my clients that they should verify that permits were pulled by the city or county for the renovation. A lot of shoddy flippers won’t even pull permits because they cut corners and want to hide it.

9. Did You Turn On the HVAC?

It is a good idea to always ask if the home inspector turned on the heating and cooling.

Occasionally even I forget to crank up the A/C or heat and to just verify that it will turn on. Make sure that the home inspector gets a very high temperature reading at the air vent (or just feel it with your hand) and that it gets very cold when on cool. If you only get lukewarm heating or cooling, it is a sign that there may be an HVAC problem.

One exception is in the middle of winter because it can be damaging to turn on the AC system — so the inspector may not want to turn it on.

10. Did You Check the Smoke Detectors?

Ideally, home inspectors should check at least 2-3 smoke detectors to verify that they are working. Home fires are extremely dangerous and are responsible for many fatalities every year.

There should be a smoke detector in every bedroom, as well as at least one smoke detector on each home level.

When I test home inspectors, I have a small can of ‘fake smoke’ that I can spray onto the smoke detector to test it. After the alarm starts ringing, I quickly blow fresh air on the smoke detector with a folder to turn it off.

11. What Type of Plumbing Does The Home Have?

Most homes have either copper or CPVC water piping but there are still a significant number of homes that have polybutylene water pipes.

Polybutylene is a defective water piping that is no longer in production. It usually has a gray or bluish color and somewhere on the pipe will be stamped PB.

It is a good idea just to ask the inspector what type of piping the home has. Copper is the highest quality type of pipe you can have, but since it is so expensive nowadays, many new homes are built with CPVC or PEX.

 

Defective polybutylene piping found during home inspection.

 

12. Where Is The Main Water Shutoff?

The main water shutoff is where you turn on or off the water to your entire home.

You will need to know where it is if you plan on doing a bathroom renovation, or if you need to change a whole house water filter, or just for emergencies. But sometimes the main water shutoff can be very difficult to locate, and it can be hidden behind cabinet doors, or in a weird area.

Always make sure to ask during the home inspection the location of the main water shutoff.

13. Where Is the Main Electrical Breaker?

The main electrical breaker is the breaker that will shutoff power to the entire home. Sometimes there isn’t a “main breaker” and you will have to shut off all of the breakers individually.

If you are changing an outlet or doing some other type of electrical work (or just for an emergency) it is important to know how to cut off power to the home.

Ask the inspector to show you how to flip the main electrical breaker.

14. Where Are the Master GFCI Outlets?

All new homes are required to have GFCI protected outlets in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and outdoors.

There is usually one or two master outlets for each area such as the kitchen that will trip or reset all the outlets.

For example, if all the power goes out in your bathroom, there will be a master GFCI outlet with a reset button. You will need to hit the reset button to get power back to those outlets on the GFCI circuit. But sometimes this master GFCI outlet is hidden, and you may have trouble finding it.

Also, the master GFCI may not even be an outlet, it may be a GFCI breaker in the electrical panel that has a reset button. Ask the home inspector how to reset the different GFCI circuits in the home.

15. Are There Any Ungrounded Outlets in The Home?

This is a good question to ask for older homes, because having ungrounded outlets can become an issue.

Ungrounded outlets are two pronged outlets that don’t have a ground wire attached. These outdated outlets were the standard back in the day, but they can now become a fire hazard, short circuit your electrical devices, and they also raise the risk of being shocked.

It can be very expensive to add grounds to multiple outlets in the home, and it may even require re-wiring the entire home.

 

Ungrounded outlet I found in older home.

 

16. What Is the Electrical Panel Brand?

The electrical panel brand is an important thing to know, and your home inspector should note the brand in their report. But it isn’t a bad idea to just ask the inspector during the home inspection.

The brand itself can tell you about the system because there is a list of recalled and defective brands that are red flags. The most notorious electrical panel was made by a company called Federal Pacific. But there are other defective electrical panels such as Zinsco, Sylvania, and ITE Pushmatic.

Replacing an electrical panel, depending on the size of the system, can become a costly project. And who wants to buy a home with a defective panel box?

Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Real Estate Agents

I probably don’t have to explain why good relationships with real estate agents/Realtors are important, right? One of the best ways a home inspector can build up business is by having a good relationship with real estate agents in their area—that’s why! While this might sound simplistic, building up relationships is not. It can take a lot of time and determination. Here are some tried and true methods for building and sustaining positive relationships with agents.

Tip #1: Every Inspection Is a Marketing Opportunity

Our first tip is to be good at your job. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise for most home inspectors, but being thorough, providing high-quality service, and doing what you say you will do is going to go a long way with any reputable agent. In fact, we’re willing to go so far as to say that a thorough and reliable home inspector almost always has a good relationship with real estate agents. Of course, there might be other factors that come into play, but as long as you do a good job, the real estate agents and brokers will appreciate you.

Tip #2: Make Yourself Known

Second, stand out. Depending on your area of operation, there might be a lot of competition—many other home inspection companies. This means that you need to stand out from the pack. It also means that you will need to find out what the agents already have seen a million times and then go one better. Bringing over a box of baked goods to their office might be what everyone else does, and a lot of it probably ends up being thrown out at the end of the day. Maybe they have the pens of 20 different home inspectors sitting in a cup on their desk already. The main thing that will make you stand out is how much attention you are giving them. Offering a landing page on your website just for them can be a great way to let them know how important their business is to you. If true, leaving positive reviews of the agent from the perspective of a home inspector will help boost their business and gain you both some exposure. Let them know personally that you appreciate working with them as well.

Tip #3: Get Familiar

The last note on our second point brings us to tip three: be personable. Of course, you want to present a professional front as a business owner, but it is important to remember that you are dealing with human beings. If you want to have a good relationship with them as professionals, first treat them like a person. Get to know them. Don’t be afraid to share some minor details about yourself to see if they feel comfortable sharing something personal with you as well. You don’t want to get too personal of course. Pay attention to body language and tone of voice to ensure that they are comfortable with the conversation you are having. As an added note, don’t take too much of their time with social chit chat. Sharing a tidbit or two about yourself is enough to get the ball rolling toward a personal relationship that can benefit your business. You should also be careful not to come across as being insincere.

Tip #4: Join an Association

A fourth tip is to take advantage of the associations that are available in your area. If you find that agents are in a local chamber of commerce or the National Association of Realtors (NAR), membership could open up an avenue for you to share with them why your home inspection firm is a good choice. Sometimes there will be opportunities for presentations; there might be trade shows or just an opportunity to spend time in the same room with an agent to get to know them better. Once your face is familiar, they might think of you when they have a property that needs to be inspected.

Home Inspectors Don’t Have to Be Old White Guys

Take a look around any room full of home inspectors and you’ll notice we look a lot alike. We are almost all white men with a lot of gray hair. It’s as if there’s an unwritten rule that you have to be an old white guy to be a home inspector. And it takes one to know one: I’m a second-generation white-guy home inspector.

But it is obvious that we don’t reflect our community in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, nor age. This bothers me. But more than that, it seems to be a business opportunity.

Women Inspectors

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, single female home buyers made up 17% of home sales in 2019, while single male buyers made up nine percent. I’ve learned from experience that a lot of women would prefer to work with a female home inspector. The first woman inspector on our team here at Structure Tech quickly became one of the most highly requested inspectors. She also received a lot of requests from people who had never worked with her before. There’s a huge demand for female home inspectors in our industry, and it isn’t being met.

The ASHI Reporter has been profiling female home inspectors in their monthly magazine since 2014, and I meet new female home inspectors at every conference I attend. Yet, change is slow. Here’s what a couple of them shared with me about this profession:

“Working as a woman in a male-dominated field has been a great experience for me. Despite occasionally being mistaken for the real estate agent, my clients have been overwhelmingly supportive of me as a home inspector, and sellers have expressed a certain ease knowing a woman is in their home. In fact, many clients have specifically asked for a female inspector. Being a woman has also been quite advantageous in building my career, as female inspectors tend to get noticed more easily. It’s extremely rewarding to hear support for more women in the building industry, and I implore any woman interested in this kind of work not to shy away from it. I’ve built up a wonderful career for myself and thoroughly enjoy the professional relationships with real estate agents and clients I’ve developed over the years.” – Uli Sommers

“In today’s world, women can be and do anything they train to do. I have never experienced discrimination because I was female. Just like every other new inspector, you have to prove you have the knowledge and skill to do your job. Speak with confidence and take charge of the inspection when clients and agents are present.” – Miki Mertz

I have a young daughter who wants to be a home inspector when she grows up. If I tried to tell her that this job was for men, she’d think I lost my mind. She firmly believes that girls can do anything that boys can do—and she’s right.

If you’re a woman and you’re interested in home inspections, I encourage you to pursue that interest. And if you’re reading this and you know any women who you think would be a great home inspector, please encourage them to check it out. This is a highly satisfying job that people rarely want to leave.

People of Color

Many inspection companies want a racially and ethnically diverse team of people who represent the various communities they serve. Today many companies can’t say they have that. If you’re a person of color or you know one who would be a great home inspector, please encourage them to check it out.

Young

Though companies have some younger inspectors on their team, it is unusual to find home inspectors under the age of 45. A 2017 survey by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (Figure 1) found that less than 22% of U.S. home inspectors were under 45 years of age. We have a ton of older home inspectors in this business who are at or near retirement age, and someone will need to fill those positions.

Photo 2

Figure 1: 2017 Survey on Age Ranges of Home Inspectors

I started inspecting houses at the age of 25 after going through a lot of unstructured training with my pops, as well as a ton of self-study. I received my share of questionable looks and sincere questions about whether my dad would be coming on the inspection or not, but I was always able to earn people’s trust by the end of the inspection. While age can sometimes bring related experience, this doesn’t translate to a better home inspector. If you’re young, don’t let your age turn you away from this profession—gray hair is not required.

Tips to dealing with Home Inspection Issues

You want a house that is more functional and has less space for destruction and expensive maintenance as an aspiring home buyer. When you have to carry out a home inspection, you will normally have problems after the inspection of the components in your house which need to be fixed or substituted. When you have found problems, you must go through an unavoidable aspect of an immobilization transaction which is the phase of negotiation.

Tips to reduce costs are:

It is safer to become a home inspector to follow some tricks and suggestions to negotiate your home inspection repairs without risking the selling or buying of a building. Property inspectors have assembled a list of tips to help you negotiate or reduce expenses following a domestic inspection, in order to ensure that you are ready and up to date.

  1. Remain concentrated on substantial future costs-

It is necessary to prioritize which fixes are crucial and which repairs can be placed on the back burner. An obsolete or non-functional machine, for example, is necessary and can cost substantial sums. On the other hand, little damage to walls or slight marks on the floors is called superficial, as expensive repairs are typically not needed.

  1. Test or analyze each big object-

Often further evaluations are required to make sure that something is functioning. Examples include a central AC, which cannot be adequately checked in cold weather, and submerged parts of plumbing drain pipes. Outdated plumbing drain pipes may have concealed rust, clogging, and cracks. Also, if a house has been empty for a prolonged period of time, it can be impossible to spot drainage clogs. In such situations, you can order a buried drain pipe scan from a specialty plumber to prevent the expensive excavation of the drain pipe.

  1. Ask for credit for the work carried out-

If you purchase a home, bear in mind that most buyers are busy moving to a new house, and would usually prefer not to take the time to get some work done. Often, when the sellers fix fixes, they normally do the minimal job they need. If a fix is necessary for when you move in, you will choose to get the repair credit instead of the closing credit.

  1. Paying heed to business dynamics-

Be mindful that business dynamics will have a huge effect on what buyers are able to do. If a home has several offers, buyers can refuse to make any repairs or credits, even if major defects have been detected during the inspection.

If you need a property inspector to decide if your future home needs maintenance work, pick up the right building inspector course. Every seasoned home inspection firm offers the best quality in-home inspection services. Their goal is to provide you with a reliable, objective appraisal of the quality of the home you are purchasing. They include many services like home inspection, commercial building inspection, and other special inspection according to the customers.

Home inspection and training schools

A home inspector is a term with which many people are not familiar, so before knowing anything else first it is important to understand what home inspection actually is. Basically, home inspection refers to the examination of the condition of a real estate property. The role of a home inspector is to pinpoint the issues that affect the value of the property. Now after knowing the literal meaningsome peoplemight think that becoming a home inspector is very easy and anyone can opt for this job. But people need to be clear that taking up the responsibility of a home inspector is not as easy as it seems to be. In short, it is not a cup of tea for everyone. This field requires certain skills, knowledge, and experience of a few years so that a person can excel in this particular job. Just because it is a home inspector doesn’t mean that people can take it lightly. It is a very serious job that needs to be performed very carefully, with full concentration and determination. All those people who aspire to become a home inspector know the value of this particular job and are well aware of the struggles and problems that they need to face from time to time during their training period.

Home Inspector training schools:

Now when people know that home inspection needs both practical and theoretical knowledge then they should not be surprised to know that the best schools are available that provide home inspector training to the individuals. These training institutes provideboth online and classroom training that makes them more convenient. Although home inspector classroom training is more preferable, online training has its own importance. Their training part includes inspecting structures, mechanicals, and other important parts of residential property. There are several training programs available for people to choose from. They can go for the one which suits themthe best according to the price and reviews.

Home inspection in US

Home inspections are a visual evaluation of a home from roof to basement. It’s a significant phase in the home buying process that warns customers to what will require attention before finalising a deal. It is also strongly recommended to ensure you invest in the right property. A detailed home inspection normally takes between two and three hours with professional home inspector depending on the size and quality of the building. Although, the auditor during the inspection make the written report physically so it can be enhanced according to situation. In the US, Home inspection covers a wide range of home maintenance facilities for the proper functioning and protection of all main elements of the house which helps to secure your interest in real estate. Many home inspection companies in the US also have a regular check on the home inspector license before the services.

Services included in home inspection-

As a property purchaser, making sure that your property is usable and secure is crucial. Here is the list of services included in home inspections according to the various types of critical housing inspection to ensure that areas of the property are reviewed-

When a company with a home inspector license conducts an official inspection report, the above-mentioned things are very important to consider taking a final decision. You should review items in good shape and write comments on items not in good condition because if you are buying something then it should be pure, functional, and safe.

 Advantages of home inspection for buyers-

As everyone knows that home inspection is done only after the proper home inspector training so there is no loss in getting a home inspection done before buying your sweet home. There are many reasons that it is completely mandatory to get a home inspection. Here are a few advantages of a home inspection-

  1. Determination of final step after detailed data

A home inspection provides a buyer with reliable and detailed details on the home in question and hence helping the buyer to take the right steps and final decision regarding the problems discovered or securing a fair house price.

  1. Receive a technical opinion on the house-

It is often important for a specialist to look at the home and have his / her professional advice before entering into a real estate deal which is typically the most expensive purchase one can make. So you can easily hire a home inspector and allow them the opportunity to help you with the right decision making.

  1. Check for visible and concealed home defects-

No house is pristine. The number of flaws found is directly proportional to the information of who is searching for them. A Home inspector is guaranteed to discover far more problems than the average guy as a professional look at home.

  1. Detect vulnerable parts of the house-

One of the major things that a home inspector works on during an inspection is safety. If the house is safe and does not have any defects then it is a perfect inspection advantage that a buyer can afford.

There are many more advantages of the home inspection but to summarize everything in one line is that the most significant thing to be done before you take ownership of a house is a home inspection that should not be overlooked.