If you’ve made the smart choice to hire a home inspector in Tampa, take the next step and do your research before selecting one. Whether you need a home inspector prior to listing your home for sale or prior to buying a new home, ask these seven questions to make sure you are hiring the right person for the job.
1. How much experience do you have as a home inspector?
Of course, it is fine to hire a home inspector who hasn’t been in the business for a long time, but they should at the very least have a background in home repairs, or construction. If you are hiring an inspector with minimal experience, ask what training and certifications they have as a home inspector.
2. What is your background in Home inspections?
Ideally, you want a Tampa home inspector that has a background in the building industry. A home inspector with a background in building will have a greater understanding of local and state building codes. If you are looking to purchase an older home, it’s even more important to have a home inspector that is familiar with building codes so they can inform you if anything in the home is not up to code.
3. What will the inspection entail?
The home inspector will thoroughly inspect the home from the ground up. They will be looking for areas of concern regarding safety hazards, major defects, potential major defects and any issues that would prevent financing the home or insuring the home.
Every major component of the home will be carefully inspected, including the exterior structure, roof, attic and insulation, plumbing, electrical system, foundation, walls, ceilings and more.
If the home is new, the home inspector will be looking for common defects found in new construction, like ventilation issues, firewall deficiencies, central AC defects, window and facade leaks and more.
4. How long will the inspection take?
A thorough home inspection should take at least two to three hours. Depending on the size of the home, or the questions you have during the inspection, it might take longer.
5. Can I be present during the entire inspection?
Absolutely! If you are researching home inspectors and they tell you that you cannot attend the inspection, keep looking. There is no good reason that you should not be able to attend the inspection. If you are there, you will learn a lot about your new home and have an opportunity to discuss possible repairs needed now and in the future. A good home inspector in Tampa should have the goal of helping their clients make informed choices when it comes to real estate decisions.
6. What type of report will I receive after the inspection?
If you hire a quality home inspector, then you should receive a complete written report within 24 hours, preferably with images to make it easy for the homeowner or buyer to understand. The home inspector should also be available to answer any questions regarding the report. Your lender might have very specific guidelines about the type of home inspection report required, so don't forget to ask the inspector about their reporting style ahead of time.
7. What professional organization(s) do you belong to?
Belonging to a professional organization isn’t just about networking. These organizations also have certification and licensing procedures that members are required to follow. The organizations also have ethical standards that members are expected to follow. When you are searching for home inspectors in Tampa, make a note of the organizations they belong as it adds credibility to their resume and qualifications. Some of the organizations for home inspectors are The National Association of Home Inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and the Florida Association of Professional Home Inspectors.
Above all else, trust your instinct. If you feel like a home inspector isn’t a good match for what you need, regardless of their qualifications, then keep looking.