Imagine moving into your dream home after going through the hassle moving ends. A week into the adjustment, your water heater breaks. Who’s responsible? Obviously not you right? You just moved in! The home inspector? Well, home inspectors’ cannot predict something breaking into the future unfortunately. So who is to pay?
These cases happen all too often in the real estate industry. At the end of the chain, it ends up being the new homeowner who starts off the ownership of their new home by paying for the repair. But with the right home inspector, you can protect yourself even after the home inspection.
A new program offered by Honor Services gives you the protection after you move into a home backed by multi-national Amtrust Financial. The best part? It’s free with your home inspection and protects you for 90 days after the home inspection or 21 days after closing.
We call it Honorable Protection even after the inspection.
Not in our area? Contact us, we will be more than happy to connect you with a professional inspector in your area.
Home inspection cost can vary greatly from as low as $250 to over $1,000 on the average sized home.
With this difference in pricing and the possible different additional services you can have done, it can be confusing to know which price is actually the best deal. As a home buyer, you are already spending a lot of money on a home, however, paying a cheaper price for an inspection is probably not the same as a well-priced inspection. Just like a car, you can spend more, to get more out of it.
As a general rule, the higher the inspection price, the higher the demand is for the said inspector.
These inspectors tend to be more experienced, a larger company backed with more insurance, and offer additional services along with the general home inspection. A home inspection is not a standard inspection, it is an opinion. There are “standards” created by state associations or licensing programs, however, these are considered the bare minimum by the industry.
So to answer the topic question, you have to ask yourself, what am I willing to spend and what do I want? Do I need a cheaper inspection due to my financial situation? Or, am I looking to protect my investment as much as possible? If the second is the case, find a company with a deep history and proven record in the area so you know they are reputable. Not all inspections and inspectors are created equal. Ask what services they offer with their home inspection, such as, pool leak detection, sewer scope inspections, insurance inspections, or termite inspections. Finally, price it out, and follow the blog posted here on how to choose a home inspector.
Buying a home or looking for a home inspection?
There are many aspects of a home inspector you should inquire about before making a purchase. It could depend on your needs as a homeowner or buyer, however, what you may not know is the home inspection industry has basic licensing in Florida that is the only requirement to set up shop (besides insurance). Therefore, doing your own research is vital in searching for a quality home inspector rather than just relying on the words of others. Besides, buying a home is one of the biggest investments of your life!
Here is our step by step guide to find the inspector that is right for you:
Make a list of the five most reviewed/highly reviewed on Google.
- Google is perhaps the greatest asset in finding a reputable company in any industry. Nowadays, if an entity is not on the internet, does it even exist? (No.) The purpose of this first step is to make a list of home inspectors that are reputable since they most likely have done the most business. Not to mention, you get to see what other people are saying about the company. Using your list, let’s go to step 2.
Visit each website and call to ask questions.
- Most company information, such as how long they have been in business, what licensing they have, and authority in the industry are all listed on their website. This is valuable information to ensure they are: 1. Licensed. 2. Experienced. 3. Involved in industry organizations. 4. Have unique identifying characteristics.
- After finding this information for each home inspection company, you should consider calling your top 2-3 to find out pricing and why they are a great company. Ask hard questions like: What sets you apart from other inspectors? Do you use thermal imaging? May I have a sample report?
Ask your realtor for their suggestions.
- Realtors know the area and usually have worked with many inspection companies over their career. Take into account their experience.
- After conducting your own research and asking for recommendations from your realtor, you are ready to decide!
We hope this guide helps you find the a great inspector to look at your future home! If you have specific questions, email or comment below! 🙂