Getting a home inspection is an important part of buying your home, as it lets you know of any potential problems and allows you to back out or renegotiate the contract if the issues are substantial. With so much riding on this step, however, you shouldn't hire just anyone to inspect your home. Here are seven important questions our real estate agents recommend asking your home inspector.
- What are your qualifications?
Kansas does not require any licensing or certification to become a home inspector, so you'll need to do the footwork to ensure your inspector is qualified to do the job. Look for an inspector with certifications from a reputable source, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
- How long have you worked as an inspector in the area?
When determining whether someone is qualified to perform your home inspection, you'll want to know their history and experience with Wichita homes for sale specifically. An inspector familiar with this area will know if there are common problems they must look for in your home.
- What does the inspection include?
Before hiring a home inspector, it's important to know what you'll be paying for. The scope of the inspection can vary quite a bit between inspectors and even between areas. Find out what, precisely, they look at in a basic inspection. Do they look at the foundation, floors, windows, and roof, and how deep does the inspection go? Is checking for odors part of the inspection, or is it just visual?
- What does the inspection NOT include?
Typically a home inspection is a fairly basic check to let you know what maintenance the home needs and if there are any signs of more serious problems. Following up on what the inspector finds, such as signs of structural problems, is typically not included in the inspection, so be sure to ask. Also, ask about common tests such as mold and radon, as those typically cost extra.
- Can I be present for the inspection?
Not every homeowner wants or can arrange to be present for a home inspection, but this is an important question to ask anyway. Most home inspectors are fine with you being there, and you can actually learn a lot from them by being present during the inspection. Be wary of any home inspector that does not want you there during the inspection.
- How long will the report take?
Most likely, your contract laid out a timeline with deadlines for each step of the home-buying process, including the home inspection. As a result, it's important to know when you can expect the report from your home inspector. Make sure the report turnaround seems like a reasonable amount of time, and check reviews online to ensure the inspector has a reputation for delivering reports on time.
- How much will the inspection cost?
A basic inspection in Kansas usually costs between $300 and $400, depending on what you have done. Make sure your home inspector is quoting you a price within that range, and allow a little more for additional tests such as radon. Beware of anyone charging a price that's "too good to be true," as they may be using low prices to compensate for lack of qualifications.
The importance of the home inspection is why as real estate agents, we keep a list of inspectors we can trust. For a streamlined home-buying process, contact us today, and we'll help you find your dream home.