Questions You Must Ask Your Michigan Home Inspector
What to ask your home inspector before the home inspection!
Shopping for a house inspector in Michigan is really no different from selecting a provider in any other profession. One way to find a property inspector is from referrals, online reviews such as Google, Angie’s List, or any other places. You want to make sure you hire someone you can trust, while also paying attention to value for your money. If you’re ready to find a home inspector, keep this list of questions handy and make sure you ask your property inspector before you sign. The home inspection fees are not important when you are hiring the inspector for your future home.
Do you offer a Guarantee?
Is your home inspector offering something like we offer here at Total House Inspection?
Do you have experience?
How long has your prospective home inspector been in the business? In the residential construction field? Is he or she licensed as a builder? The answers to these questions can help you understand how experienced your home inspector is, and will let you know when you’ve found someone with the right background.
Keep in mind that the typical issues in home inspection can be location-specific. That means that someone who has done a number of inspections in another part of the country will probably not be familiar with the types of problems inspectors often see here when inspecting properties in Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights, Troy and other Michigan cities.
Are you certified?
Is the home inspector certified by any major home inspection association? Look for someone who is certified by the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or the InterNachi (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors).
Certification requires a great deal of training and testing. Because it isn’t easy to get certified, these professionals can be counted on to know their stuff and that will help ensure that you get great service with your home inspection.
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What kind of home inspection report do I get?
Most home inspectors will provide either a checklist or narrative-based report. The narrative report has more details, and the home inspector will be able to comment on his or her findings instead of just marking a box. Having lots of pictures with the narrative house inspection report is also a plus. If you’re concerned that your home inspector may have missed an important area, you can also ask for a checklist to accompany the narrative.
Can you do some of the repairs?
This is one question you want to ask your home inspector, and you should be wary if he or she offers to work on any of the suggested repairs. Because this is a conflict of interest, the home buyers should choose a qualified professional for the specific type of repair that is needed.
You can, however, ask your home inspector for referrals of contractors. Because they are such an important part of the residential real estate business, most home inspectors know whom to call for just about any type of repair or maintenance issue.
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