As you move through the process of buying a home, you’ve probably heard about getting a home inspection, but do you really need one? The answer is simple: absolutely. According to Alabama home inspector Bill Loden, President of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), having a home inspection is important before buying a home to verify there are no problems lurking in the walls, crawl space, attic, or with the foundation. If there is something wrong with the home, you can either walk away or negotiate with the seller to pay for the repairs.
While conducting your due diligence, make sure your inspector is licensed by the ASHI. While you’re having your home inspected, you should also consider having a meth, radon, and mold test done to ensure there are no other problems with the home. Home inspections average around $500 and take around 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the square footage and age of the home.
Your realtor can recommend some inspectors they know and have used in the past, but as you decide which inspection company to go with, be sure to ask:
- How long have you been in business?
- What are your qualifications, certifications, and training?
- How many inspections have you done?
By asking these questions, you can avoid hiring the wrong inspection company and any other mistakes which can be costly.
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