Sunday, October 25, 2009

How do you choose a home inspection company?

By Mark Smith

Home Inspection is an often needed service, especially if you are considering buying a new home. While a home inspection report has become a must-have report before the real estate escrow is closed between the buyer and seller, not many people go into the cause or details of home inspection reports. Why do you need home inspection reports? Is it just for your satisfaction at the time of buying a new home for your family or is there any other tangible benefit out of it?

There is no doubt that a home inspection report is one of the most significant pieces of information document that you should possess before your buy transaction goes through. If done correctly and as per the ASHI standards, it will give you peace of mind and prevent any frauds. However, before going in for home inspection you need to perform some due diligence.

You may be slightly perplexed as to how you can pick a professional home inspector given the fact that home inspections will differ from one State to another due to logical reasons. All this boils down to validating the ability of a home inspection company in working their way round the residential property and ensuring that the report states nothing but the correct facts. Below are some points that may be used as a reference point before choosing a home inspection company:

a) It is a good idea to check with your family and friends to see if they are in the know of an established home inspection company that works as per the standards laid down by ASHI. If you manage to find one from your known references, you will need to do lesser ground work in validating a home inspection company.

b) A home inspector that you choose must be certified. By being a certified home inspector, he will ensure that home inspection is carried out as per the ASHI standards.

c) Always try to check if the home inspector is following the ASHI standards of practice in performing the home inspection of your property. Certified home inspectors will tend to follow the standards of ASHI but there is no harm in validating this.

d) You can check the quality of home inspection by asking them to provide you with a home inspection report of one of their past clients. This is by far the best way to check that everything is in order.

The time spent in doing all this validation will ensure that I work with a good and certified home inspection company that adheres to the ASHi standards.

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