A house is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make, so when you buy a home it's important to be sure your potential new home has a proper home inspection before you sign the papers. Getting a qualified home inspector can be an important first step.
A home inspector is a qualified professional who visually inspects the structure and components of a home and looks for any immediate or potential problems. They provide a written report to you with a description of problem areas and may also include recommendations for further evaluation.
You can go over the report with your real estate agent to decide how the results may affect the purchase of your potential home.
Finding a home inspector
Be sure you are comfortable with your choice of home inspector. They are extremely important and can help you detect and avoid major pitfalls in the home buying process.
Talk to your real estate professional. They may be able to recommend a home inspector that they have worked with in the past and trust.
Ask friends and family. If you know anyone who has recently gone through the home buying process, they may have a good recommendation.
Look for accredited affiliations. Consumers should look for an inspector who has an affiliation with groups such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) These are some of the most reputable inspector associations, and their Web sites have a 'find an inspector' service to locate a member in your area.