Top Four Things To Look For When Hiring A Home Inspector

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If you’re in the process of purchasing a house, don’t set your mind on a house you think looks the most impressive, because it may seem to be in excellent condition, but there could be several hidden defects in the structure, electrical systems, plumbing, and roofing. To ensure that the house you are considering doesn’t throw up some nasty surprises, it’s essential to have it examined by a home inspector.

A home inspector inspects the house for potential safety hazards and prepares a detailed report underlying various components of the house that need your immediate attention and cost of repairs. The inspector’s report will help you prioritize repairs or get the current owners to fix them before you move or negotiate the price of the house.

As a home inspection could alleviate your risks as a homebuyer, it’s crucial that you hire a skilled professional for the job. However, knowing what to look for in a home inspector and picking the right professional requires a fair amount of research. To ensure you hire only the best, we’ve compiled a list of the top four things to look for in a home inspector.

1. Credentials.

Perform a background check on the home inspector and verify if they have the required knowledge and certification required to perform a property inspection, mold inspection, septic inspection, etc. It’s vital that they have up-to-date knowledge and the skills needed to inspect a potential house and help you make an informed decision.

2. Affiliation.

You can ascertain that you’re hiring a reputable inspector if they belong to associations like the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) or are listed in Registered Home Inspectors (RHI). Organizations like these set high standards and require their members to have a discipline of ongoing education of homes and technology that are continually evolving.

3. Experience.

Make sure to ask for the home inspector’s experience before you enlist their services. If the inspector has a background in construction, electrical, plumbing, etc., it could be a bonus to a potential homeowner. An inspector who has a thorough understanding of construction will be better at spotting errors in structure, builder oversights, and property damages.

4. Reputation.

It’s essential that you conduct thorough research before hiring a home inspector. Browse through online review sites, speak to friends, neighbors, or trusted professionals in the industry to get a sense of the standard and quality of the inspector’s service. Reviews help you understand what you can expect when you hire a professional and also get rid of any uncertainty you may have.

If you’re looking for a home inspector in Hamilton, ON, reach out to John Hansen owner of Hamilton – Burlington HouseMaster Franchisee. I am a Registered Home Inspector with OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) with a background and practical knowledge in construction at HouseMaster. Along with my team, I am dedicated to providing quality property inspection in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Niagara Falls, and surrounding areas.

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