Don’t find a home inspector through your real estate agent.
It’s in the agent’s best interest to have the deal go through quickly, so some pitch inspectors who find few problems. Here are some things that all smart homeowners do once a year.
If you have to go through a real estate agent…
….don’t forget to seek homeowner testimonials to back up those referrals. Remember, some less-than-scrupulous agents may be tempted to refer inspectors who tend to let things slide.
If I don’t spend at least two hours at the house…
…I’m what we call a drive-by inspector, and you’re not getting your money’s worth. A thorough inspector checks the crawl space, opens the breaker box, and walks the roof. Most houses take me every bit of three hours. Do you have a messy house? Here’s how it could be making you sick.