There are many stories of people who’ve hired home inspectors they later regretted hiring. Still, hiring a home inspector isn’t required, but having one is a very good idea. A bad inspector can be avoided, just look for the signs! You may be asking, “What are the signs?” Well, we’re glad you asked. Below are 4 signs you’ve hired a bad home inspector:
Your inspector wants to inspect solo. You may be all for letting your inspector do his or her thing while you run errands or measure for curtains, especially if you aren’t a DIY-er. But, look, this is a big purchase, and you’re going to live here. You should learn everything you can about your new home. “Many home inspectors will point things out to you – spots that are OK now but will need future maintenance; a quirky way something works; or other useful information that might be hard to get any other way,” says Cara Stein, a freelance editor and book designer in Huntsville, Alabama. “At a minimum,” she adds, “most will mutter disparaging remarks about any poor-quality repairs. This is invaluable information that doesn’t make it into the home inspection report. You’re paying for it; you might as well get it.”
Your inspector isn’t licensed in the state in which you’re buying a house. This can really be easy to discard if you live, say, within 50 miles of a state border, and many of your friends or colleagues are from a neighboring state. You could easily brush it off if you live in North Dakota, and your inspector is from South Dakota. But it matters, says Kim Soper, real estate agent and co-founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cypress in Lexington, Kentucky. “When we go back and negotiate repairs with the seller, the first thing the seller and seller’s agent will see is the inspector you chose was not licensed in that particular state. Therefore, your repair request may not be considered valid,” she says. And it should go without saying that if your inspector has no license, that’s bad news.
The inspector’s building code information is confusing. Of course, you probably aren’t familiar with building codes, so seeing them in your written report later is going to be confusing no matter what. Still, if you learn in the process of looking at the report that something is off, you may want to bring in another home inspector for a second opinion.
Stonebridge Mortgage Group can help you decide which best fits your goals. We can also help get you pre-approved for a mortgage and help with your real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. We serve the greater Portland area and are located in Gresham, Oregon.
SRC: Read the whole article at money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/08/28/4-signs-you-hired-a-bad-home-inspector?page=1