A house is made up of a huge number of components. The foundations, the frame, the insulation, electrical system, plumbing, flooring; the list goes on and on. Assuming everything has been built and installed correctly (which is not always a guarantee, coming from someone with experience in the construction industry), all of these things will still deteriorate over time. Setting aside the process of buying or selling a house, which should almost always include a home inspection, a home inspection is a good idea for the same reason that going to the doctor for a check up is a good idea. Some things are invisible until they become a real problem.
Should I get a home inspection before selling my home?
Getting a home inspection before even getting your house on the market puts you in a good position for a few reasons. Firstly, it looks good to a potential buyer. They will feel secure knowing that they aren't going to be getting any unpleasant surprises later on and makes them more inclined to deal with you in good faith. Secondly, after getting your home inspected, you can adjust your price based on the results. The alternative to this is letting the buyer do the inspection and if they find any problems that you weren't aware of, you can be pretty much certain that you'll be expected to either foot the bill for repairs or reduce the price of the house, or they may just walk away from the deal entirely. The only instance in which a home inspection isn't really necessary is if the property is fixer-upper being sold 'AS IS!'.
What should I ask my inspector before the inspection?
You want to be sure that the person inspecting your home has the experience and knowledge necessary to do the job properly, so in the interest of getting that assurance you'll want to ask lots of questions. You'll want to ensure that your inspector is a certified member of a government approved home inspectors organization, and that they have qualified for and received a government license to perform home inspections. Asking how many inspections that they have personally performed can give you some idea of their level of experience, but don't take a high number at face value as high volume does not necessarily equal a high level of skill.
Get them to walk you through what they will be doing throughout the entire process. Ask if they provide some sort of coverage in the event that they miss something during the inspection that later becomes a problem. If you're concerned about the state of external elements of your home, such as sheds, fences, and septic tanks, ask if they are or can be included, as they are often excluded from a standard home inspection. Final note: if a home inspector ever tells you that you cannot be around for the inspection, find someone else!
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