Updated: Oct 15, 2020
Hiring an Inspector? Here’s what to expect.
The inspection is visual only. They can’t get behind walls or into the sewer line.
They will check plumbing, electrical, attic and crawl space.
They will provide you with a report with pictures that you can utilize.
Hire someone who is knowledgeable of the area, and tuned into common local issues.
Should be certified! By the way, former builders make great inspectors.
You can have them go over the basics of the home for you, such as where the water heater is located.
The inspector should be objective throughout the process, and not tell you whether or not to buy the house.
Don’t hire an inspector who charges by the hour.
Inspectors should not offer to perform repairs themselves. Conflict of interest much?
They may ask you about secondary inspections to check the roof, plumbing etc.
You're paying the inspector to find everything, so don't be discouraged if they find a lot. You’re looking for bears, not the mice at this point in the process.