Protect your investment: choose the right home inspector

Here are 5 tips that will help you choose the professional you need to make sure your home inspection is done properly.

Buying a new home is an exciting time in your life. One of the best ways to do this is to have your home inspected before you commit to buying it. To have peace of mind when making your new purchase, it is important to have the home inspected by a professional.

Here are 5 tips that will help you choose the professional you need to make sure your home inspection is done properly.

1. Use the internet to find references and reviews 
There is no minimum standard you can use to find a qualified inspector. That means you must rely on reviews and referrals to find the person best suited for your home inspection. 
Ask your friends, co-workers and even your real estate broker to find a professional they will have no problem recommending. The key here is to remember that price should not be your only guideline. The costs of inspecting a home can vary considerably. Make sure you get value for money by considering the services offered based on the price.
Visit the website of Association des inspecteurs en bâtiments du Québec (AIBQ) to find a home inspector:

2. Schedule an interview with the inspector who will be doing the work. 
You hire a professional who will help you make a decision that will change your life; it is worthwhile to get to know this person before giving him such power. They are experts in their field, and it is good that they can communicate their findings in a friendly, polite and professional manner. If they do not act this way during your interview, choose someone else.

3. Know what you are buying from the inspector. 
You need not only a detailed written report but photographs. These photos need to be somewhere besides stored on the inspector’s phone. Home inspection services include not only examination of the home’s systems, but all the visible and accessible components of those systems.

4. Check the home inspector’s insurance. 
Reputable home inspectors carry errors and omissions insurance. This insurance is difficult to obtain without experience. Having that insurance goes a long way to enhancing the inspector’s reputation.

5. Go with the inspector. 
A reputable inspector will invite you to follow the inspection process. You do not really need to climb into every nook and cranny, but your presence ensures that the entire inspection process in the rules. Take advantage of this time to ask any questions you may have about your property. You may find that the inspector has a completely different perspective than the real estate broker.
Buying a home has many potential pitfalls. Choosing the right home inspector who invites you to participate in the process is a relatively low cost that will save you money and years of long-term headaches.

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