If you are buying a home or even if you are selling a home, the most important aspect of the entire process is that you need to be totally aware of what you are buying or selling in terms of the quality of the construction and repairs. You do not want to uncover damaged or old hidden plumbing, electrical fittings or even bad roofing later on because you will not have recourse to go to the seller later on. Which means it is better to shell out some money on home inspection services right now as opposed to doing expensive refitting and repairs later on.
Once you have decided upon getting a home inspection done, then the next step is to look for home inspector or home inspection services. In the market place you can find companies providing home inspection services or individual home inspectors working for a fee. There are a few questions you need to ask to a home inspector before you allow him to do a home inspection. That will help to make sure that you have the right person for the job and you will get what you desired out of the home inspection.
A few basic questions you need to ask are:
What sorts of inspections will the inspector cover and if it will meet the state mandated requirements also?
What expertise does the inspector have? How many inspections has he done so far and to which professional organization is the inspector affiliated to?
What is the cost of the inspection and how much each additional service cost?
Ask whether you will be able to attend the inspection?
These are some of the questions which you need to ask the home inspector or the home inspection company. Remember this due diligence will weed out unpleasant surprises after the inspection and you will get value for money.