DO HOME INSPECTIONS TAKE LONG?
A home inspection usually takes about six hours for the average home ( ½ hour travel to the home, inspectors usually arrive a ½ hr early, 2 to 3 hours at the home with you, ½ hour back to office, 1 hour to type the report, ½ hour to print copy and post the report to the web site, ½ hour back to the home to pick up the radon canister, ½ hour back to the office and ½ hour for the time spent at the home picking up the radon canister and final paperwork).
HOW MUCH IS AN INSPECTION?
Home inspections are inexpensive. If you buying a $350,000 home and the inspection fee is around $600, the inspection fee is less than 0.18% of the cost of the home! The cost of a quality home inspection is a bargain!
WHAT IS INDEPENDENCE?
Truly independent home inspectors do not rely on real estate agents for referrals. Although this drastically increases independent home inspectors marketing efforts and expenses (costs that must be passed on to clients) clients save money because the benefits clients receive far outweigh the additional initial expense of the home inspection.
WHAT PERSON TO HIRE?
Hiring a thorough and patient inspector will pay off when the inspector takes time to explain everything you need to know about your new home to you and answer your questions! Sometimes paying a little more for an experienced inspector will be a great value as the peace of mind you obtain is well worth it. Hiring a more experienced inspector can also produce short term savings during negotiations with the seller and long term savings since problems with the home can be remedied before additional damages are incurred.
WHERE TO GET REFERRALS?
Obtaining a referral from your attorney is recommended, as your attorney is likely to know what home inspectors take the honest professional business approach (Telling clients what they need to hear during their home inspection). Home buyers who use home inspectors recommended by the real estate agent selling a home to them may be unaware of the potential for a conflict of interest.