Questions that you should be asking your home inspector
Congratulations on your purchase of a newly built home! While you may experience little problems with your new home it does not mean that you should skip having a professional inspection done. In fact, I recommend to any of my clients to have inspections done 1-2 times during construction and definitely 1 inspection within 1 year of you moving in. Construction defects are a part of the process and it is your responsibility to hold the builder accountable for their workmanship.
Question: So how do I find a reputable inspection company? The easiest way is to contact your agent for recommendations. You can also find them from neighbors and friends. Here in Arizona home inspectors are licensed and it is fairly easy to find out their level of experience and reputation.
Question: How long have you been inspecting homes? How many new homes did you (and your company) inspect last year? Are you a full time or part time inspector. HINT-the company is inspecting your biggest asset. Why would you want a part time inspector?
Question: If an issue is found will the inspector re-inspect it after the repair? What is the cost?
Question: What is the scope of the inspection? Do you look at issues outside of the home as well as those inside?
Question: What happens if you miss a problem in my home? What is the inspection company’s liability?
Question: I’m concerned about a potential water leak in my new home. Does your company use a moisture meter to detect these issues?
These are just a few of the questions you may want to ask. There is no substitute for education and experience when choosing a home inspection company. Also, beware of those “discount” inspection companies. With a home inspection your cost should be in line with the services they are providing.
If you have additional questions please contact me. I will be happy to assist you!